July 15, 2016
Release # 20160715-02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ASIA — The Syrian Arab Coalition, supported by Coalition strikes,
maneuvered toward the center of Manbij City, denying Da'esh access to
critical supply routes.
Coalition strikes on key targets halted
Da'esh attempts to reinforce positions in the north and severed a main
resupply and reinforcement route Da'esh used to conduct vehicle-borne
improvised explosive device attacks.
The continued pressure SAC
is applying to Da'esh inside the city has enabled civilians to flee
through the SAC perimeter and escape Da'esh control.
remains heavily contested. The SAC continues to hold their defensive
positions and launch offensive operations into the north and south sides
of the city, despite multiple Da'esh attacks with VBIEDs, armored
vehicles, and large formations of fighters.
Since the start of
the operation, the Coalition has conducted more than 400 strikes near
Manbij, destroying Da'esh heavy weapons, vehicles, fortifications, VBIED
facilities, armored vehicles, technical vehicles, bridges, and caches.
operations by Syrian moderate opposition forces in Manbij, supported by
Coalition air strikes, continue to weaken Da'esh's threat to Turkey,
Europe, and the United States.