Manbij residents hail end of IS rule


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Residents in the northern Syrian city of Manbij have been celebrating new freedoms after being liberated from the rule of so-called Islamic State.

 

They have poured into the streets enjoying basic rights they had been denied for two years, including shaving off their beards and smoking.

 

US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters fought 73 days to drive IS out of Manbij, close to the Turkish border.

 

About 2,000 civilians being used as human shields were also freed.

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