Isil ‘kidnaps 2,000 civilians’ in retreat from Manbij as US confirms death of group’s Afghanistan leader in air strike

99627579_SDF_FOREIGN-large_trans++ZgEkZX3M936N5BQK4Va8RQJ6Ra64K3tAxfZq0dvIBJwSpecial Forces from the Syria Democratic Forces gather in Haj Hussein village, after taking control of it from Islamic State fighters, in the southern rural area of Manbij

Islamic State fighters seized around 2,000 civilians to use as “human shields” Friday as they fled their stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said.

The abductions came as Russian and Syrian jets pounded rebel positions in and around second city Aleppo, killing at least 20 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Right monitor said.

It also emerged on Friday that the leader of Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan on July 26, according to US officials.

The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan had said earlier on Friday that a U.S. drone strike had killed Hafiz Saeed Khan, in what would be a blow to efforts by Middle East-based Islamic State to expand its control over territory and its jihadist brand into Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Arab-Kurdish alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled most of the IS fighters from Manbij last week, but dozens continued to put up tough resistance. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: NewsNow/The Telegraph News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.