Coalition Forces Carry Out Over 100 Air Strikes In Manbij Operation
Coalition forces announced on Tuesday (June 7) more than 105 air strikes had been carried out to support the battle to regain the city of Manbij from the control of Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
A statement provided to NRT from the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve said the Syrian Arab Coalition was heading the operation to liberate Manbij and that they had gained 344 square kilometers from the control of the militant group since the operation began.
“The Syrian Arab Coalition supported by Coalition air power have destroyed 108 Da'esh [ISIS] fighting positions, 31 Da'esh vehicles, 17 Da'esh heavy-weapons, two Da'esh weapon caches, and one Da'esh vehicle borne improvised explosive device,” the statement from the press desk of CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve said.
The operation aims to squeeze the flow of foreign fighters seeking to join ISIS and limit the threat the group poses to neighboring Turkey and further abroad.
“The operation to free Manbij is part of the Coalition-supported moderate Syrian opposition efforts to clear Da'esh from the Turkish border and the Mar'a line,” the statement said.
Manbij, in the Aleppo Governorate, is located 30 kilometers west of the Euphrates. The city is considered a strategic area in the region circled by Raqqa in Syria and Gaziantep in Turkey.