Kurdish fighters control much of ISIS stronghold

2016-08-06 22:19
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral of fellow fighters who died in an assault against ISIS. (Delil Souleiman, AFP)

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral of fellow fighters who died in an assault against ISIS. (Delil Souleiman, AFP)

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Beirut - Activists say predominantly Kurdish fighters are now in control of most of a stronghold of the Islamic State group in northern Syria after a push under the cover of airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syria Democratic Forces are in control of most of the town of Manbij amid fighting in northern neighbourhoods and the town's centre.

Mustafa Bali, a Syria-based Kurdish activist, said on Saturday that ISIS was still in control in some areas in Manbij, including the major northwestern neighbourhood of Sarab.

Bali said "it's a matter of time" before SDF fighters capture the town.

If Manbij is captured by SDF, it will be the biggest strategic defeat for ISIS in Syria since July 2015, when the extremists lost the border town of Tal Abyad.

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