ISIS seized control of the Syrian city of Manbij in January 2014. After a monthslong battle with the group, Syrian rebels have taken the city back.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by the U.S., announced they had liberated the city and freed over 2,000 hostages ISIS was using as human shields.
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The city's civilians took to the streets in celebration. Men trimmed their ISIS-mandated beards, while one woman burned her niqab.
The capture of Manbij blocks off a key route between ISIS' Syrian territory and neighboring Turkey. U.S. officials say the coalition's next target is ISIS' de facto capital of Raqqa.