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