Syrians Burn Burqas, Shave Beards As ISIS Is Thrown Out Of Town

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After two and a half years, ISIS was finally pushed out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Friday night. Hours later, men shaved their beards in celebration as women walked outside with their faces uncovered for the first time in years and burned their burqas.

According to Indian Express, US-backed fighters seized the key Islamic State stronghold on Friday after two months of intense fighting that killed over 1000 people and displaced thousands more. Hundreds of civilians that ISIS was using as human shields were also freed.

Losing Manbij is the biggest defeat ISIS has suffered since July of 2015, when they lost Tal Abyad on the border with Turkey. Manbij is crucial because it is located on a key supply route between the Turkish border and the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the IS group’s self-styled caliphate.

The offensive to reclaim Manbij began in May, and since then, the battle has killed 1,756 people, including 438 civilians, 299 SDF fighters and 1,019 militants. While this victory is amazing for anti-ISIS forces, the terrorist group still controls large portions of Syria as well as Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.

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