Syria’s ‘Little London’ a base for plots against West, US says as forces advance

ISIS fighters have used the northern city of Manbij as a base to hatch plots against the West, the US defence secretary said on Thursday, as American-backed forces edged towards the extremist stronghold.

Ashton Carter said militants in Manbij had been responsible for “external plotting” against Europe, the United States, and Turkey. He offered no further details on the alleged plots, although Isil is known to have dispatched a string of operatives to their home countries with a view to launching attacks there.

Dubbed ‘Little London’, Manbij city is an important base for Britons who have joined the terror group in Syria.