On Wednesday evening, a Turkish-backed rebel faction announced that the group had captured two pro-government soldiers at the village of Fikha Saghira in eastern Aleppo.

In an online statement, the ‘Sultan Mehmet al-Fateh Division’ claimed the captive loyalist troops were members of Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iraqi paramilitary faction.

However, no foreign fighters are present alongside the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in eastern Aleppo. According to a military source close to Al-Masdar, the newly captured soldiers are part of the Desert Hawks Brigade although the vast majority of SAA troops stationed in the area are members of the famed Tiger Forces.

The Turkish-led Euphrates Shield forces and SAA share a frontline of around 40 kilometers in the eastern Aleppo countryside. Skirmishes were reported across the entire spectrum although neither side gained any ground on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Army did capture at least two nearby villages from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) amid a Euphrates Shield offensive that ultimately looks to wrestle control of Manbij city despite protests from Washington.

The Tiger Forces also had a productive day in eastern Aleppo as government troops seized multiple villages, captured two ISIS militants along with a Turkish armored vehicle.

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That provocation IMHO was not wise of the Sultan’s SFA mercenaries. Maybe the Sultan inform them that they did break the current truce.

Catching two unwary stragglers is no accomplishment or act of valor.
I wonder whether the mercenaries can withstand an attack of SAA’s elite.

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Is there a truce ❓ It seems that no more.
And since the contact between SAA and the turks mercenaries, offensive against ISIS is slowing down. My conclusion : TURKEY = ISIS

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Don’t worry. They’ll be freed soon. That front line is an exception. It is not the front line of SAA and so called rebels but actually the front line of Iran and Turkey.

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I agree that they will be freed. But, I think that frontline is rather the one between Russia and Turkey

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I said Iran because of thousands of Iranian sent troops in Allepo. And yes. Russia more politically. Better to say Iran-Russia vs Turkey.

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“Turkish-led forces” i.e. islamist terrorists from ISIS and al Nusra.

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Erdogan es el Islamista mas peligroso que mismo ISIS, se burló de alto al fuego acordado en Astana, en estos momentos está ayudando a ISIS para detener la ofensiva de SDf y el ejercito Sirio

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kurdish force should handover manbij to SAA. bcuz US will not help kurds to fight turkey. and turkey will definetly attack manbij. if SAA take manbij then turkey will not darre to attack. so kurds and sdf hand over manbij and nearby village to SAA so turkey should not advance further east towards euphrate to divied syria.