June 8, 2016

WINNING THE WoT:

'Islamic State' loses ground in Syria and Libya (Deutsche-Welle, 6/08/16)

The US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance is prepared to enter the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The SDF made inroads in the past week by advancing to the outskirts of Manbij, where it aims to dislodge the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in control of the city.

Iraqi troops have advanced on the IS-held city of Fallujah. Militarily speaking, victory appears to be in sight. But new challenges await.

"Any moment that we want to enter it, we can. But because of the presence of civilians ... we are being cautious about entering the city," Manbij Military Council's Sharfan Darwish told Reuters news agency. [...]

Meanwhile, the Libyan government captured military barracks used by the militant group as they advanced towards their coastal stronghold Sirte.

"Our forces are in full control of Tagreft barracks and military engineers are inspecting the zone to clear anti-personnel mines," the forces of the Government of National Unity (GNA), the UN-backed unity government, said in a statement.

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