Syrian Kurdish forces declare Minbij "liberated" from Islamic State

Syrian Kurdish-led forces, backed by US airstrikes, announced Friday the "liberation" of the key northern Syrian city of Minbij, saying only mine-clearing operations are ongoing, according to a statement carried by the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency.

Al-Sarab, the last area that was still under Islamic State control, was "totally cleansed of the gangs," the statement from the Minbij Military Council said, noting that US strikes had played a key role.

The operation to free the city from the extremist group, which has controlled Minbij since 2014, lasted 73 days.

The fall of Minbij, near the often porous border with Turkey, is likely to have a major impact on Islamic State's ability to bring supplies and fighters to its de facto Syrian capital of al-Raqqa and its remaining territories in Syria and Iraq.

Last update: Fri, 12/08/2016 - 17:07
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