Carter says ISIS used Manbij to plot against U.S., Europe, Turkey

SINGAPORE- ISIS fighters have used the northern Syrian city of Manbij as a base to hatch plots against Europe, Turkey and the United States, necessitating a US- backed offensive against it, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday. US officials disclosed to Reuters this week that thousands of US -backed fighters in Syria were launching an offensive to capture a swath of land known as Manbij pocket after weeks of quiet preparations. Carter, who was en route to a regional security meeting in Singapore, told reporters the Arab-led force, which the United States was supporting, was moving towards Manbij city.



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