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Celebration in Syria's Manbij after Islamic State loses control

Celebration in Syria's Manbij after Islamic State loses control

Syria

Syrians were in a celebratory mood after Islamic State (IS) fighters were ousted from Manbij in Aleppo, near the Turkish border.

While some recounted the horrors the militants meted out on the people most were grateful that freedom was finally here.

May God salute you! You are our children, you are our heroes, you are the blood of our hearts, you are our eyes. Go out Daesh!

“I am happy, thanks be to God, “ said one man. “May God salute you! You are our children, you are our heroes, you are the blood of our hearts, you are our eyes. Go out Daesh!” said a woman.

After 6 months of fighting ,the US backed forced gained control of the city cutting off a key supply route for the militants.

The battles between Syrian rebel forces and IS had forced many civilians out of Manbij and there were concerns that IS were using some civilians as human shields.

US officials say this victory acts as an impetus for retaking Raqqa , the de-facto capital of the Islamic State fighters but anticipate a tough battle.

IS fighters who had captured large chunks of Syrian territory have been losing ground steadily.

Reuters