SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 22, 2016 —
The Syrian Arab Coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces continue operations in Syria’s Manbij City in the ongoing effort to clear the liberated city of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, identify and remove improvised bombs, and establish a defensive posture capable of thwarting an ISIL counterattack, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.
The continued clearance is part of a broader effort to prepare defendable positions for long-term security in Manbij, officials said.
The full extent and complexity of the bombs and booby traps in city is slowly emerging and still presents a threat to civilians, officials said. These devices were left behind by ISIL fighters to maim civilians and slow operations, they explained. To protect the local population, the Manbij Military Council commander, Gen. Abu Amjad, has publicly warned citizens of these dangers.
Help for City’s Population
The city’s population is receiving a variety of assistance throughout the area. The Syrian Arab Coalition established dedicated medical facilities and continues to work with coalition partners to ensure the availability of humanitarian assistance. The Kurdish regional government increased the capacity of the Fishkapour crossing to allow the movement of nongovernment officials to deliver humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons.
The coalition-supported Syrian moderate opposition efforts in Manbij City and Rai continue to weaken ISIL’s threat to Turkey, Europe and United States, officials said.