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US-backed Forces Take Control of IS Stronghold in Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized full control Friday of the Islamic State stronghold of Manbij, near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the group said. SDF told Reuters its forces were sweeping the city after the last Islamic State (IS) militants in the city fled. The U.S.-backed forces had also freed more than 2,000 civilian hostages whom IS had been using as human shields, Sharfan Darwish of the SDF-allied Manbij Military Council said. "The city is now fully under our...

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