Massive mobilization is underway in northern Aleppo as Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions and the Turkish Army are preparing to link up rebel forces at al-Rai and Jarablus, thus removing ISIS from its last stretch of Turkish-Syrian border territory.
Reports suggest a further 15 Turkish NATO tanks and some 600 newly trained FSA fighters have crossed the border into Syria in the past few days.
Although vocally disavowed by Moscow and Damascus, Turkey continues to prop up Syria’s rebel factions through armaments and now direct military support as well.
If the Turkish Army and FSA succeed in their offensive, they will be left control of a large chunk of Aleppo province, eventually enabling insurgents to attack Aleppo city from its eastern flank as well. The Turkish-backed military plan, dubbed Euphrates Shield, is expected to proceed in the coming hours.