Text provided by Islamic World News for SouthFront
With completion of the siege of Manbij, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied Arab militias (the Free Syrian Army and others) have lost the initial momentum because ISIS trapped in Manbej resist intensively. Presence of civilians and a lots of booby trapped areas in entrances of city are main reasons of low rate of advances.
At the moment wheat silos and its surrounding buildings are the main base of ISIS and the group uses it to observe the advancing forces activities. As result this area has been bombarded by US-led coalition warplanes several times that caused damage to one of the biggest silos in Syria.
US-led coalition air strikes target the area (0:00-0:25):
- The Syrian Democratic Forces (a brand for the YPG & allies) have taken control of the villages of Yasti and Khattaf in east of the besieged city. The villages’ inhabitants have been transferred to Hodhod. Following the SDF advances in this area, ISIS units retreated from Ayn Nakhil.
- In the western entrance of Manbij, SDF forces advanced to the Al-Ketab square. Despite some reports about the seize this square , evidences indicats clashes are ongoing yet (It’s shown in the map below)
- In the western urban areas of Manbij, ISIS militants retreated from Varideh to Al-Yalny. Al-Yalni hill tops have a strategic impact for ISIS.
Comment to the map: It should be noted that the exact situation at the western frontline was not indicated properly because the map was drown on the ground of confirmed news: