Last updated: May 22, 2018

U.S.-backed forces open major front in Syria war

By Phil Stewart and John Davison WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Thousands of U.S.-backed fighters opened a major new front in Syria’s war, launching an offensive to drive Islamic State out of a swathe of northern Syria it uses as a logistics base and appearing to make swift initial battlefield advances. A small number of U.S. special operations forces will support the push on the ground to capture the “Manbij pocket” of territory, acting as advisers and staying back from the front lines, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military planning. The operation will also count on air power from the U.S.-led coalition, which pounded Islamic State positions near Manbij with 18 strikes on Tuesday, including six militant tactical units, two headquarters facilities and a training base.
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