The Islamic State has freed hundreds of civilians used by the militants as human shields while retreating in northern Syria.

US-backed forces said today that some of the civilians were able to escape while others were freed.

Earlier, US.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces have seized full control of the northern city of Manbij near the Turkish border from Islamic State.

A spokesman for Syria Democratic Forces said the city is now fully under our control but  sweeping operations are underway.



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