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:


In a statement released on Thursday, an American official stressed the US military had withdrawn support for the Turkish-backed FSA, likely due to the latter attacking the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) on several occasions.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.

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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.

Kandirliyah neighbours Qabasin which witnessed an intense battle between the FSA and ISIS on Wednesday. The now rebel-held town changed hands three times in a few hours.

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.

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Daeshbags Sux
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Disgusting, as usual. High time US get down from their ivory tower! And they had warning from their SOFs who mostly sabotaged the training, not wanting to have a well trained new generation of jihadists! And al-Bab is almost 50% Kurdish if not more… With Erdogan’s backing, guess what will happen! This guy said if Kurds founded a state in Africa, he’ll go there to destroy them! And watch what he’s doing into Sirnak in his own country!!! US shall not only their support to all these so-called moderate but… Make America (really) great again by at least giving them… Read more »
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Turks are animals. Turkey must be destroyed for the good of all!

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Well, this Turk who down voted me is absolutely ok with beheading of civilians. That’s the proof I’m right.

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