Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

Syrian women burn Burkas

Syrian women burn Burkas

After Arab and Kurdish fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists from Manbij in Aleppo province, residents who endured two years of occupation were dancing and cheering in the streets.

As IS group fighters withdrew from the town on Friday, some women burned the niqabs they were forced to wear while men who had lived under a shaving ban cut their beards.

Arab and Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by air support from the US-led coalition, have successfully wrested control of the city from Islamic State group jihadists. The troops have been welcomed as heroes.

After making a last stand in the city centre, IS group troops left behind a booby-trapped town.

A strategic location in Aleppo province, Manbij is now nearly deserted and few buildings have escaped the fighting unscathed.