BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) foiled a massive assault by the Turkish Armed Forces in the Al-Bab countryside on Friday, putting a temporary end to their military operations in east Aleppo.

ISIS showed off photos of this failed Turkish Army assault on Friday, posting pictures of destroyed Leopard tanks and other armored vehicles near the town of Al-Sulfaniyah in eastern Al-Bab.

The pictures below were released by the Islamic State’s official media wing, Al-‘Amaq, via their Telegram social media account:

The Turkish is reportedly backing off from the Al-Bab offensive in favor of the Syrian Arab Army liberating the city, Lebanese journalist Hussein Murtada claimed on Friday.

 

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sturm1974
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This doesn’t look good for the Turkish armed forces. Its one thing fighting a long standing insurgency, but fighting and losing a conventional campaign which it is trained and equipped for, has me lost for words.

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Stern Daler

Turkish Leopard 2A4 is older surplus. It was wrong to give insurgents modern TOW tech. Turk army has been purged and lost efficiency. Their mercenaries are not keen to die for the Turks and prefer to live and earn. Defenders have an edge always. Turks do not have the same arms and training as e.g. SAA elite units. Lots of reasons to underperform.

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NATO countries in general, even Turkey are adept at killing the weak but when confronted by a foe who is more determined , albeit ‘captigon fuel’d terrorist monsters of their OWN making, NATO countries are politically unwilling to fight..

As always its ‘the poor b****y infantry ‘ that pay the price for the hubris of their leaders.

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Henri Cochet

You’re d**n right , any NATO unit would’ve been wiped out in Al Bab .
These battle hardened fanatics are a hard nut to crack

By the way i dont think captagon is a systematic thing.

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Cocain was used in WWI and Blitzkrieg was based on speed. LOL. Captagon is fairly endemic in Syria and other wars and widely used by the opposition in action and to get cash. Pushes performance so that users survive – at a price that the (ab)users pay later. AFAIR Captagon is makruh (disliked) or even haram (forbidden) in IS area.

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Henri Cochet

To get cash yes of course , i was talking about actual military use . It was Pervitin (meth) that was used in WW2 and Gulf war but again that wasnt systematic before each offensive

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Blitzkrieg was based on Pervitin is no joke But on speed is. Smile. Google: Captagon syria war. It was much in the media after they caught a Saudi princling in Lebanon. Its use in Syria by militants: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/11/19/the-tiny-pill-fueling-syrias-war-and-turning-fighters-into-super-human-soldiers/?utm_term=.59e0b05972cd Captagon use by IS: https://tcf.org/content/report/the-drugs-of-war/ I hope the links work for You. p.s. No. You only need & use such stuff when on too long missions. Not before each attack. To take a waking pill too often and before each attack is very contra productive. Germany cut back as early as 1940 because of its harmful side effects. Wikipedia: Lukasz Kamienski (2016).… Read more »

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In general? No idea when e.g. NATO Germany last went about killing the weak. p.s. As for Turkey and its “Friends of Syria” allies – AFAIR in end 2014 they were stupid enough to supply their mercenaries with TOW and other missiles good enough for the then best SAA tanks (AFAIR T72). The SAA was in the defensive after that even with tank crews that had honed the skill in countless battles. Until Russia supplied better T 90 machines. Why stupid enough? It was predictable that the rockets would fall into the wrong hands and target their suppliers. Turkish Leopard… Read more »

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Wow, so many excuses for the Turkish army? Up until their shield operation started they were the “second strongest NATO army” and they were to wipe ISIS up within weeks, and now everyone says it was predictable? The Turks found out the hard way they were not a military might they thought they were, and this will reflect in the future relations with the Kurds, life got just that little bit harder for the Turks…

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By numbers they are the second strongest. The purges after the coup weakened their forces quality. Plus modern equipment costs money. Pessimists here expected it – Turk optimists did not.

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Now they can crawl back to turkey and so long their “moderate jihadists” will not attack them inner turkey they can kill kurdish woman and children instead!
.. but i think in the end turkey is lost to jihasidm… THIS is their REAL “(Un-)CULTURE”!!

Surely Syrian will NOT FROGET, WHO was supporting the jihashits 5 years along!!

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That’s what happens when a country purges from its ranks all those people who know how to fight a war.

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Yes happened to Stalin at the beginning of WW II too & helped Germany. BTW. Some claim Erdogan is from Georgia like Stalin.

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Nestor Arapa

Erdogan sólo juega sin importar la vida de sus soldados y mercenarios, la estrategia del gobierno Turco fue cortar el avance de SDF formado por Kurdos, Arabes, Asirios, Armenios en el norte de Alepo y evitar la unión de los cantones de Afrin y Kobani.

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goingbrokes

This amount of carnage it is clear that the jihadists are given good satellite data about Turkish positions and where to strike. This is fully professional companies taking out armour very skilfully. I wouldn’t even discount the possibility that some of this is from laser guided bombs dropped from a great height.

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Probably not. They attacked over open terrain. IS saw them coming.