BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is not planning on stopping their military operations after Deir Hafer; instead, they have set their sights on the Islamic State’s Aleppo headquarters at Al-Khafsa, which is located near the western bank of the Euphrates River.

Not only is Al-Khafsa strategic because it is the location of the terrorist group’s east Aleppo headquarters, but this village is also located near the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces’ front-lines.

If the Syrian Arab Army is successful in reaching Al-Khafsa, they will be able to cutoff the Turkish Army from expanding any further southeast towards some of Syria’s most fertile lands near the Euphrates River.

Recently, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists during a press conference that his forces will continue their military operations in Syria after they seize the Islamic State stronghold of Al-Bab.

Erdogan’s comments and Turkey’s recent massacre of two dozen civilians in Al-Bab prompted the Syrian Foreign Ministry to issue a statement to the United Nations Security Council, demanding the Turkish Army leave Syria immediately.

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Not only cut off Turkey from advances but also from future illicit trade with IS. Until a short while ago IS relied on Turkish trade connections. p.s. The government also gets access to water resources and can soon exchange trade with the Kurdish cantons..

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“Syrian Foreign Ministry to issue a statement to the United Nations Security Council, demanding the Turkish Army leave Syria immediately.”
=> Well said!

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Erdogan will not listen to that after Trump rambled on safe zones. Erdogan is after territorial extensions. North Syria like North Cyprus. And save zones mean a foot in the door.

p.s. I wonder what GCC sheiks think about paying for Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman dreams. & I’d sure love to see
their faces faces now.

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Chauhan Chauhan

let turkey be busy in al bab and SAA cut of of turkey furhter advance to raqqa . everybody knows turkey cannot fight a small isis terriost in al bab . so they dont have that will power to move futher. SAA and SDF will jointly fight isil in raqqa.

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Yes. IMHO Classic strategy. Take the land not the castles first.

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Nuno Cardoso da Silva

It’s difficult having Turkey as allies. A stable alliance of Turkey, Russia and Iran could change the whole situation in the ME and could allow for the expulsion of the US from the region, but as long as Erdogan keeps his delusional dreams of restoring the Ottoman sphere of influence it is going to be very difficult. If only Attatürk could come back to life…

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Bah. Attatürk would get the North like he got Hatai.

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Nestor Arapa

De ser cierta la información, sin dudad es una de las mejores alternativas, se puede decir que ISIS se encuentra completamente aislado desde Turquía, dejará de entrar suministros de guerra y mercenarios para ISIS…

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Yes. IMHO That is the other good consequences.

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Turkey has no intention of going southward. Turkey will go eastward. Turkey will create “secured zones” including Menbiç and Al Bab possibly Rakka. Secured zones will be so wonderful even people who criticise will be admired of. Currently there is police force in Cerablus. We will build tens of homes there unlike Assad. They will have a sufficient army. There will be people running away from Assad and coming to secured zones as shelter.

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yeah right, smoking crack again you stupid Turk?..

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Steve Seaton

You are on the wrong site to talk about tearing Syria apart, so, take your stinking Turk a*s somewhere else, where it maybe welcomed……..DUMBASS

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The delusion is strong in this one… “Currently there is police force in Cerablus” – there is an occupation army of Turkish scum, if that’s what you mean. They will be thrown out soon, and the Turkish scum in al Bab will be coming home in coffins.

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You contradict Yourself. Raqqa is to the South. And Your government stated that it will lead the allied forces to Raqqa from the back. Whatever that means.

p.s. Tolls should not post after smoking baguettes.