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Al-Bab Recaptured

Reports are pouring in that Turkey-backed allahu akbar brigades in Syria have captured al-Bab from ISIS.

The town’s rapid surrender to a motley crew of ‘moderate’ jihadi rebels suggests a deal between Turkey and ISIS which defended the town vigorously until today.

That the rebels are claiming nearby towns will also be captured “in just a few hours,” as opposed to days or weeks, strengthens the argument that ISIS fighters are either switching sides or they are being allowed to retreat towards Raqqa unmolested.

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The Battle for al-Bab

The battle for al-Bab, in Syria, rages on. In an increasingly crowded combat zone around the ISIS-held town, Turkish forces and their jihadist Free Syrian Army (FSA) proxies are in a race with Syrian Army and allied militia to be the first to capture the town. Russian air strike killed 3 Turkish servicemen and wounded 11 others yesterday in what Kremlin called a “friendly fire” incident. Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) can only watch from sidelines as their resources, along with American support, are diverted further south towards ISIS capital Raqqa.

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It is now a matter of when al-Bab falls and what happens afterwards.

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