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