June 23, 2016
Release # 20160623-02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ASIA — Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) elements have consolidated their
position around Manbij in anticipation of the next phase of operations
to secure the city. For the last seven days they have been refining
their plans as to how to gain a foothold in Manbij and maintain the
safety of the civilian population trapped by Da'esh.
this consolidation the pressure on Da'esh is unrelenting. Last week 73
strikes were conducted bringing the total to 233 since the assault
began. The SAC are also seeing firsthand the large foreign fighter
influence in Manbij. This information will be vital in continuing to
protect Turkey, wider Europe, and the United States from this threat.
the east of Manbij displaced persons are returning to several
villages. They welcomed the freedom and security the SAC have so far
brought. We are working closely with NGOs to ensure they can focus
their initial efforts on these villagers.