O June 18, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (70-80% Kurdish YPG units), supported by the US-led “anti-ISIS coalition” airpower, launched a military operation, aiming to enter the ISIS-controlled city of Manbij in northern Syria. Following a series of firefights, the SDF seized al-Kateb Roundabout, Qanāt ash Shaykh and the Manbij hospital. Separately, US air strikes destroyed the Manbij silos.
However, ISIS militants re-seized the Manbij hospital last night and launched a counter-attack in the direction of al-Kateb Roundabout. Now, heavy clashes are ongoing in the area.