The Turkish Armed Forces and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions finally achieved a major breakthrough inside Al-Bab on Wednesday as a number of important sites were captured inside the Islamic State stronghold.
Advancing from the Aqil Mountain and the southern Zamzam district, the joint Euphrates Shield forces managed to seize the Cultural Center, Al-Jaded street, Postal office, Islamic courthouse, the Security Box (military building), and Al-Bab cemetery.
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Heavy clashes are ongoing at the central Naser Roundabout, thereby signifying that the Turkish troops and aligned FSA contingents have reached the heart of Al-Bab city.
Despite suffering several setbacks over the past week, the FSA and Turkish Army have established control over roughly 25% of Al-Bab.
In recent days, both sides have evacuated civilians into safer rearguard areas to avoid collateral damage. FSA militants have also uncovered several ISIS tunnels that have been used to reduce casualties caused by Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling on the city.
Now, the joint Euphrates Shield troops must undergo the daunting task of capturing the densely populated residential neighborhoods that are still held by ISIS militants.
Pictures of today’s operations:
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