BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Turkish regime boasted last month that their forces will push towards Raqqa City after they seize Al-Bab from the Islamic State (ISIS) forces in northeast Aleppo.
However this month, the Turkish regime’s battle plan changed from pushing towards Raqqa City to attacking the Kurdish forces in the strategic town of Menbeij, which is located northeast of Al-Bab.
In order to spite the Turkish regime, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces offered the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) the villages located west of Menbeij, along with a presence inside the town.
Furious over this act by the SDF, the Turkish Armed Forces and their rebel allies have repeatedly targeted Menbeij with artillery shells and missiles, despite the fact the two forces inside the town are currently fighting the Islamic State.
Luckily for the SAA and SDF, the Turkish Armed Forces cannot venture far from Al-Bab due to the large presence of Russian and American military personnel embedded in this area.
This large presence of American and Russian troops leaves the Turkish Armed Forces without any pathway to Raqqa City, meaning they are wedged between the SDF and SAA in northern Aleppo.