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In a statement released on Thursday, an American official stressed the US military had withdrawn support for the Turkish-backed FSA, likely due to the latter attacking the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) on several occasions.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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  1. 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 what they deserve and stop doing all their dirty tricks anytime s.o. doesn’t agree with them! As cops of the world, they act like Abel Ferrara’s ‘Bad Lieutnant’. Now, as a democracy, is it tolerable to back and protect real Tyrants like in KSA? Support terror gangs? Even having trained death squads in some countries? Where do we go? I don’t wish the destruction of the US at all, just that the US people take back the democracy that was hijacked by corps and crooked politicians that are even destroying their own country and many other and play the apprentice sorcerers in geopolitics. In what Syria was a threat for them or even for any of their NATO allies or Israel? Fucking nothing! Even Gaddafi! Since he got kicked out of Chad by the Frenchs, he stopped any invasion plans! Hey, if the Frenchs kicked him out so easily, the guy wasn’t totally nuts : what would have happened if the US or NATO decided to go against him! Libya, until summer 2011 was the most prosperous in Africa and Gaddafi did real efforts to normalize relations with everybody, now it’s a shithole! So… Why? They didn’t even worked to build a democracy! And Killary saying “we came, we saw, he died” and doing an evil laugh! Even Nero had more respect for his enemies and this one wasn’t even a foe! Hey, by doing brinkmanship, they escalated to DEFCON 3 just before the elections for no reason!
    So well, please, uncle Sam : stop it!