BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently told journalists in Ankara that his forces will continue their military operations in Syria after they capture Al-Bab.

Erdogan specifically stated that his forces will concentrate on Raqqa City, which is currently under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS).

However, this presents quite a problem for Erdogan because the quickest way to get to Raqqa City from Al-Bab is through the main highway that flows through Deir Hafer, which is another Islamic State stronghold.

The Turkish Armed Forces are currently cutoff from this highway, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recent advances south of Al-Bab.

Moreover, the Syrian Arab Army is now pushing towards the village of Al-Sukkariya in order to completely close off the Turkish Armed Forces from the Maskanah Plains of east Aleppo.

So with the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway cutoff and Al-Sukkariya soon to be under the Syrian Arab Army’s control, the Turkish Armed Forces and their rebel allies will have to choose an alternative route.

This alternative route requires the Turkish Armed Forces to go through the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) front-lines in northern Al-Raqqa, which is also a much faster route to the Islamic State stronghold.

If the Kurdish forces do not voluntarily withdraw from this area in northern Al-Raqqa, a large battle will likely ensue in the weeks following the Turkish Army’s capture of Al-Bab.

 

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Huemaj Dakic

I think to everyone who follows the events is obvious that Putin and Erdogan struck a deal that the Turkish army will not advance beyond Al Bab. Erdogan’s single goal was to drive a wedge between eastern and western Kurdish territories. I think he will leave Raqqa to SAA.

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Assad must stay

“Erdogan specifically stated that his forces will concentrate on Raqqa City”

he said ❗

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@Assad must stay: yeah, Erdogan is very reliable source *g*

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Erdogan says different things every day. I think his mind is going. He still hasn’t taken more than 10% of al Bab, and if he tries it on at Raqqa, his army will be toast.

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Well, due to Erdolf erratic behaviour, as we say her: “dumbasses dare anything, it’s how you recognise them”…
Edolf is so nuts that he may end with nonetheless his former business friends in blood-oil against him but also Russia, USA, SDF, SAA and, as we are, as France and Germany are with the Kurds since day one…

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Nestor Arapa

El ejercito Sirio tiene que cortar el paso a los mercenarios de Erdogan, el conflicto que se va dar en futuro es SDF con terroristas invasores de Turquía y puede ser que SDF abandone Al-Raqqa para apoyar en Manbij, al final Erdogan le estará dando mano a ISIS indirectamente.