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Syrian Arab Coalition Prepares to Seize Manbij in Syria

SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 23, 2016 — Syrian Arab Coalition elements have consolidated their position around Manbij in Syria in anticipation of the next phase of operations to secure the city, according to a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve news release today.

For the last seven days, the release said, SAC forces have been refining their plans as to how to gain a foothold in Manbij and maintain the safety of the civilian population trapped by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Keeping Pressure on ISIL

The pressure on ISIL is unrelenting, the release said. Last week, 73 strikes were conducted bringing the total to 233 since the assault on Manbij began, it said.

Also, SAC forces are seeing firsthand the large foreign fighter influence in Manbij, the release said. This information will be vital in continuing to protect Turkey, wider Europe, and the United States from this threat, it said.

Displaced persons are returning to several villages to the east of Manbij, the release said, noting the villagers have welcomed the freedom and security provided by the SAC forces.

The task force is working closely with nongovernmental organizations to assist the villagers, the release said.

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