Syrian fighters seize haul of ISIS documents

2016-06-29 22:43


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Washington - US-backed Syrian fighters battling the Islamic State group have snatched thousands of documents, cellphones and other digital devices from the jihadists, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

The seizure came as an anti-ISIS force comprising Kurdish and Syrian Arab fighters hones in on the northern city of Manbij, an important waypoint between the Turkish border and Raqa, the jihadists' de facto capital.

Colonel Chris Garver, a spokesperson for the US-led anti-ISIS campaign, said Syrian Arab fighters were establishing "footholds" on the southern and western edges of Manbij, and had seized entrances to an intricate jihadist tunnel complex.

They "also seized more than 10 000 documents from the outlying edges, including textbooks, propaganda posters, cellphones, laptops, maps and digital storage devices", Garver told reporters.

"Exploitation of this information is ongoing to better understand Daesh networks and techniques, including the systems to manage the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq," he added, using an Arabic abbreviation for ISIS.

Pentagon officials often highlight the value of such information, leading to new targets and helping them understand the ISIS network.

The Pentagon claims numbers of foreign fighters coming into Iraq and Syria have dropped from about 2 000 a month last year to as few as 200 a month this year.

"You don't see the massive amounts of movement. It's certainly been whittled down in its size," Garver said.

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