Around noon today, elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Ahrar al-Sham began storming the northern neighbourhood of Akhtarin in the northern Aleppo countryside. Moments ago, rebel fighters fully expelled Islamic State militants from the town. Akhtarin is located on the road directly east of the rebel stronghold of Mare’. The latter town witnessed the deployment of U.S. special forces last week, according to a report by Al-Mayadeen.
How the 9 days of operation Euphrates Shield have been going. Attempts to isolate Sawran and Dabiq, slow movement toward Al Bab. pic.twitter.com/6JO6dB40Lr
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Meanwhile, a FSA official said the group’s fighters had blown apart an ISIS suicide truck yesterday evening shortly prior to the vehicle reaching rebel-held positions northwest of Aziziyah village which was captured by rebel militants only days ago.
Rumours substantiated by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) suggest the Turkish Air Force to have conducted airstrikes on ISIS-held villages in the area on Wednesday and Thursday – this cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News.
The Turkish Armed Forces have heavily aiding the FSA-led offensive, code-named Operation Euphrates Shield, by embedding over a hundred Turkish tanks and dozens of Turkish military advisors alongside rebel factions.