Syrian forces fight IS militants with US support

A fighter from the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) stands with his weapon at the western entrance to Manbij city Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria Jun 23, 2016, 12.08 PM (IST)
Backed by the United States (US), Syrian forces Thursday fought Islamic State militants inside the city of Manbij for the first time since they laid siege to the militant stronghold near the Turkish border, a monitor said.

The U.K.-based Observatory for Human Rights said heavy clashes were taking place in western district of Manbij after the alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters swept into the city near the Kutab roundabout, around 2 km from the city centre.