Kurdish sources claim the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups have kidnapped numerous Kurdish civilians during operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ while an amateur video surfaced reportedly showing the aftermath of a beheading by rebel fighters:
Turkish-backed FSA rebels beheaded a man during advances near al-Bab today… Harakat Nour al-Din Zinki & Murad Brigade in action. pic.twitter.com/rMKbjeJAla
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In a statement released on Thursday, an American official stressed the US military had withdrawn support for the Turkish-backed FSA, likely due to the latter attacking the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) on several occasions.
The rebel offensive – which ultimately looks to capture Al-Bab – is not being supported by coalition air strikes because it was “independently” launched by Turkey, said US Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.
Meanwhile, following up on a series of advances during operation ‘Euphrates Shield’, the FSA was able to seize full control over the village of Kandirliyah today.
On Thursday afternoon, in a related event, an ISIS guided-missile also destroyed a Turkish tank on the outskirts of Hazwan village (west of al-Bab), according to Amaq Agency.