Following several recent gains in Al-Bab city, the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels proceeded to seize a number of key sites along with dozens of building blocks inside the Islamic State bastion in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
Beginning on Friday morning until now, the Euphrates Shield offensive has seen the Turkish Army and aligned Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions advance deep into the city’s western section and take control of the Fatima Mosque, Al-Bab Stadium, Al-Kehmah Hospital, Zamzam roundabout, Sports Center, and the highly fortified Al-Bab silos.
Some reports also indicate the Turkish Army has captured Tadif roundabout; Al-Masdar News cannot independently verify this claim.
Effectively, these swift advances leave the Turkish Army and its proxy forces in control of roughly 20% of the city. In addition, Turkey said it had killed 42 ISIS members during the clashes; it did not specify its own casualties which have been significant during the assault.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced to the town of Tadef near the southern gates of Al-Bab, thereby intervening and proving to be a contender in the highly anticipated battle for Al-Bab. Government troops are now less than 2 kilometers from Al-Bab city.
Furthermore, Al-Masdar News has received very reliable information suggesting the SAA has been given the green light to launch its own assault on Al-Bab.
Over the past few days, all three factions have attacked each other which could cause some international concern as it would pit two national armies directly against one another.
Around 80 American, Turkish and Russian airstrikes targeted Al-Bab on Friday alone, according to Amaq Agency, an ISIS affiliated outlet.