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.
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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.