US-Backed Fighters Renew Offer for IS to Leave Syrian Town

BEIRUT (AP) -
Smoke rises from Manbij city, Aleppo province, Syria June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said
Smoke rises from Manbij city, Aleppo province, Syria, June 8. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria have renewed an offer to Islamic State terrorists in the besieged northern town of Manbij, saying the terrorists can leave and would not be attacked. The Syria Democratic Forces says the offer is meant to protect civilians in the town.

The predominantly Kurdish force has been on the offensive in Manbij, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.

Monday’s offer by the SDF-linked Manbij Military Council comes days after the terrorists ignored an earlier, 48-hour offer to leave the town just with their “individual weapons.”

The offer says that if IS allows all civilians to leave, SDF would in return allow wounded IS terrorists safe passage to other areas nearby under their control.

The council urged IS to send a delegation from Manbij to discuss the matter.