BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:54 A.M.) – Russian and Syrian forces have retreated from their positions in the strategic Tal Riffat area of northern Aleppo province according to some sources. The reports amid an ongoing and so far highly successful offensive operation by the Turkish Army and allied militias across the governorate’s Afrin region.
If true the reports are true then it is unclear if the retreat from Tal Riffat by Russian and Syrian government forces is being conducted in coordination with Ankara as part of a general withdrawal from the Afrin region.
At the present time, the reports – although plausible – are not yet confirmed in any way. Rebel sources linked to the Euphrates Shield operation room have hinted at a looming assault on the Tal Riffat axis.
At the present time, the Turkish Army and Syrian proxy militias loyal to Ankara have closed to within a kilometer of Afrin’s regional capital (the city of Afrin) and are poised to strike at it.