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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 P.M.) – After weeks of frontline lull in northeastern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdrew from the town of Tadef on Saturday morning and regrouped to checkpoints on its proximity.

Effectively, the Turkish Armed Forces, Ahrar Al-Sham, Failaq Al-Sham and various Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions have taken control of most of Tadef while opposition activists began posting photos online of Turkish-backed rebel forces posing inside the town.

Tadef was otherwise liberated by the SAA from the Islamic State on February 26. The formerly government-held town is located less than two kilometers south of Al-Bab, a major rebel stronghold in rural Aleppo.

Since its capture, Tadef has been exposed to a daily Turkish artillery barrage while Islamist commanders reiterated their intentions to expel the SAA from the town.

With Tadef firmly under rebel control, Euphrates Shield Forces have established a much-needed buffer zone around Al-Bab. The fall of Tadef was likely facilitated by the bulk of the Tiger Forces leaving the region to address an insurgent offensive in northern Hama.

UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, the SAA denied Euphrates Shield forces had captured Tadef and insisted government troops still held points inside the town. According to a source close to Al-Masdar News, Turkish-led militants control the northern sector of the town while the southern sector is disputed.

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Erdogan’s Endsieg? It was an open secret that Turkey heavily supported terrorists in Idlbib to get its positions in the Manbeij pocket strengthened.

p.s. => Since its capture, Tadef has been exposed to a daily Turkish artillery barrage while Islamist commanders reiterated their intentions to expel the SAA from the town. => That was an open act of aggression.

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I thought you were happy Turks are “defeating” ISIS.

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Who?

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Defeating IS is another thing.

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“That was an open act of aggression”
=> Clearly! Actually, Erdolf is just invading Syria, nothing else.

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Northern Cyprus 2.0.

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Why is the Syrian Airforce allowing Turkish troops to invade Syria?

They should bomb them

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Yes! Now i don’t understand!

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Because the SAA needs its resources to fight Qaeda and IS.
NOW.

p.s. IMHO they will bomb when Qaeda and IS are defeated.

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Bad from Tukey. Bad country. 🙁

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Not the country but the leaders and their propaganda are bad.

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Flay the Daeshbags

Proof that Turkey wants to build a Neo-Ottoman Empire

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I think it was implicit from the start.
Let’s hope they get their 9/11/1683 ASAP

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Guess Ottoman nostalgia has forgotten Vienna.

p.s. Before 1683 the Sultan had been in constant war with the Austrian emperor for centuries without much German interference.

But before the Sultan’s Akıncı reached Vienna in 1683 they crossed a little river, the border of Germany.

One year latter the Holy League was organized. The “house of the West” (Dar al-Gharb) had allied and the Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanicæ spent big on military.

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Yes. Erdogan’s clique is into that for some time now.

p.s. Other evidence: Even the newer official building are built neo-Ottoman style. While buildings from Atatürk’s time fall to ruins.

Soap operas that glorify the great time of the Ottoman empire.
They do not show how they treated other nations and dhimmi then.

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Erdogan se burla de Rusia e Irán, como pueden negociar con este terrorista cuando no respeta los acuerdos de Astana, otra prueba es la ofensiva lanzada en el norte de Hama, Erdogan envía armas y hombres a través de la frontera Idlib.

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Lets face it. Erdogan continues Ottoman behavior and policies. Treaties with infidels and apostates were only kept if the Sultan liked it. Because enemies of the Sunni are in the “house of war” (Dar al-Harb). Only countries ruled by Sunni are in the “house of peace” (Dar as-Salam) and You must keep treaties.

p.s. AKP politicians have recently declared that Turkey represents the Ummah and thus all Sunni Muslims. They are at odds with the EC which they consider “house of the West” (Dar al-Gharb) an old Ottoman synonym to “house of war” (Dar al-Harb).

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Why is Russia just allowing Turkey to harass Syrian Army

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Officially it is SFA not Turkey.

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Is this a deal? The wording of the article makes it sound like it.

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No the deal with Russia was that Turkey was to return al-Bab to Syria.

Well according to another report that I read – but who knows for certain.

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Why I am not able to post comments??

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Log in to post.

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Utter incompetence or a lack of local experienced manpower? And a tactical decision not to bomb the h**l out of Erdolf’s erdogoats for the time being with the long-range artillery resources the SAA obviously has in this larger area? The proper strategic decision would be to supply the local SDF institutions, namely the Manbij Military Councel, the Al-Bab Military Council and the Tall Rifat regional MMC’s with what they will never get from the Yankee empire, which is heavy weapons, sophisticated electronics and some manpads against Turkish helicopters together with declaring a no-fly zone (and a no-roach zone) for the… Read more »

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But only when the fight against IS is over. And Erdogan he is well fortified by then.

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it was expected. it is the price to pay to get back the lost cities/villages in northern Hamma