In a remarkable series of events, the Islamic State, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) all scored territorial gains against each other in the northern Aleppo countryside on Wednesday.

Northeast of al-Bab, ISIS forces retook the town of Qabasin after losing it yesterday. Effectively, the town has now changed sides six times in just one week.

Meanwhile, after imposing a one-week long siege on the ISIS-held town of al-Arima, the US-backed SDF stormed the town from three flanks and subsequently captured it. Kurdish troops also reopened the frontline on the Efrin axis, seizing control of the village of Nayrabiyah and advancing to forward positions some 11 kilometers west of al-Bab.

Nearby, Turkish-backed FSA groups attacked and seized four villages from the SDF; namely Bersaya, Jubb ad Dam (Qanlê Qoyê), Yulanli, and Jubb al-Barazi.

FSA fighters – supported by the Turkish Armed Forces – also advanced west of al-Bab, wrestling control of the villages of Azraq, Duwayr ash Sharqiyah, and Brata from ISIS.

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What’s the SAA doing? I still haven’t figured out if the advancement into East Aleppo is the touted major offensive, or if thousands of troops are still waiting outside the city, possibly to be used to take al-Bab.

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To me they are improvising taking whats possible and kind of safe. They have met many,many problems abouts it by being alone and condemmed by most others. Im sure they will try to take Al Bab and then try to give YPG kurds a leasson and they has also ignored, that many troops in Manbij County(or actually not the southern which is held by ISIS are local or non YPG co PYD. Thats what I see. If they would have opend up Aleppo from east or north, they would have had done it right away by Turkeys best troops in… Read more »

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It’s called defending their country while they’re fighting on a dozen of fronts at once…