Manbij is free from ISIS now after the US-backed rebel forces have pushed the Islamic State out of the town. The Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF comprised of the Kurdish and the Arab fighters have ensured that Manbij is free from ISIS. The capture of the town has not only brought a smile on the faces of the civilians but the happiness of them can be clearly seen. Photos of the Manbij clearly depict the pain the civilians had gone through.
Manbij is considered as one of the key places in the route to Raqqa that is the de facto capital of the Islamic State. Manbij was initially captured by the SDF forces but the Syrian Observatory for the Human Rights reported that close to a dozen of ISIS fighters still there in the town and it cannot be said that Manjib is free from ISIS. However, soon around 500 cars were seen carrying the ISIS fighters and civilians towards the Turkish Border. The civilians were reportedly used for the human shields but they were rescued at the last push by the SDF forces.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also claimed that the US Airstrikes during the Manjib operation has claimed 60 civilians. Washington has started probing it but no result has come out of it so far. However, the celebrations of the people to welcome the SDF in Manjib are priceless. Men were seen shaving their beard that was barred during the ISIS regime and women were seeing smoking and burning Hijabs and Burqas.
Here are the photos that would give you a reason to smile as Manjib is free from ISIS.
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