Islamic State almost completely ousted from Syria's Manbij city: Observatory

U.S.-backed forces trying to oust Islamic State militants from the Syrian city of Manbij took almost complete control of the city on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Reuters| Last Updated: Aug 06, 2016, 16:19 PM IST

Beirut: U.S.-backed forces trying to oust Islamic State militants from the Syrian city of Manbij took almost complete control of the city on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia and Arab fighters, launched its campaign two months ago with the backing of U.S. special forces to drive Islamic State from a last stretch of the Syrian-Turkish frontier. 

The official spokesman of the SDF-allied Manbij military council, Sharfan Darwish, told Reuters that battles were continuing but that around 90 percent of the city had now been cleared of Islamic State. 

Pockets of militants are still present in the centre of the city, the Britain-based Observatory said.