On Tuesday around noon, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) recaptured Qabasin, marking the fifth time the town has changed hands in the past week.

Following up on humongous gains during operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ in the northern Aleppo countryside, the FSA stormed Qabasin with infantry and technicals while the TAF provided tank support and aeriael bombardment against ISIS militants defending the town.

Prior to retreating from Qabasin, ISIS fighters destroyed a rebel BMP and rigged the town with five improvised explosives, injuring many FSA militants according to Amaq Agency.

If rebel forces can keep control of the town this time around, it will allow for a pincer movement around Al-Bab, a nearby Islamic State stronghold which Turkey has promised to liberate and also heavily bombed.

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A BBC sequence telling how ISIS receives arms smuggling originally intended to be given to FSA :
https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/801134546070552576
If some thought FSA and ISIS and Qaeda were separated things…
Hey, they all have the same ideology and the same goals!
The +100 different groups is just a taqiyya trick to pump funding, training and weapons out of those they look to destroy!

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BBC AFAIK: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38048482

Found via: http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-saudi-arms-bound-syrian-moderate-rebels-ends-isis-hands/222446/

“taqiyya trick”? If moderates to be supplied by green Western governments did not already exist – Takfiri would have to invent them.

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Qabasin being mostly a Kurdish town, we can expect serious ethnic cleansing :'(

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They militants are swapping it to hide who killed the Kurds. SAD.