Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) followed up on earlier gains in the day by liberating an additional two villages during clashes with ISIS in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
Effectively, the SAA’s Tiger Forces were able to impose full control over the villages of Nbatah Kberah (Tafriyat al-Kabeera), and Nbatah Sgerah (Khirbat adh Dhib).
Thus, Syrian government forces are just 8 kilometers from linking up with the non-hostile Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) near Manbij.
Meanwhile, fresh skirmishes erupted between the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield forces and the SAA on the outskirts of Al-Bab. Turkish troops were also involved in the clashes that have thrown two hostile national armies at each other’s throats.
The Turkish Armed Forces claimed to have killed 22 Syrian soldiers in and around Tadef; however, field correspondent Yusha Yuseef confirmed to Al-Masdar News that these casualty claims were grossly exaggerated.
SAA troops stationed at Tadef are just one kilometer from Al-Bab and may use the town as a launching pad towards the Turkish-held city.
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