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Manbij: YPG advances on city

KurdWatch, June 10, 2016—On June 1, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces, dominated by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), discontinued their offensive in the direction of ar‑Raqqah [further information] and started marching west of the Euphrates in the direction of Manbij, a city under Islamic State control. The Islamic State retreated without resistance to several villages around fifteen kilometers south of Manbij. As of June 7, the Syrian Democratic Forces had reached a position of ten kilometers outside the city. The attack is backed by US‑supported air strikes. 


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