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.