On Wednesday, various islamist factions of “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) backed by Turkish Army and Air Force launched a powerful assault on the strategic city of Al-Bab in the northeastern part of Aleppo province trying to enter the city from its western flank.
However, the attack ended in a disaster, as militants of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) managed to conduct a successful counterattack using a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) while also putting up fierce resistance to enemy troops. Suffering heavy losses in manpower and losing several armoured vehicles, the troops fighting under ‘Euphrates Shield Operation’ umbrella were forced to retreat.
Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed loss of 14 soldiers as a result of today’s failed attack. Another 33 servicemen were wounded. In the meantime, no information is currently available about losses in the FSA ranks. Earlier today, ISIS terror group’s media wing, “Aamaq agency”, claimed that more than 50 pro-Turkish fighters were killed as a result of clashes at Al-Bab outskirts.
Below are the pictures taken by ISIS terrorists on the battlefield showing destruction of several Turkish armoured vehicles with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM):
Besides, “Aamaq agency” has published a video footage of today’s firefights which can be also seen below:
— Ivan Castro (@IvnastroC) December 21, 2016