Kurdish-led forces say they have captured the centre of Minbij city in northern Syria from the Islamic State extremist group.
The jihadists are still holed up in the city's northern district and are holding civilians there as "human shields," Shervan Darwish, spokesman for the Minbij Military Council, tells dpa.
The Kurdish-led forces began their campaign to capture Minbij at the end of May, backed by US airstrikes.
They aim to cut Islamic State off from its last remaining route to the Turkish border and the outside world, preventing it from bringing supplies and fighters in to the rest of its territories in Syria and Iraq.
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