Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) showed off a Turkish armored combat vehicle captured during recent clashes at Tadef, a government-held town neighboring Al-Bab in eastern Aleppo.
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The captured ACV-15 was presented by none other than Colonel Suheil al-Hassan himself, the commander-in-chief of the SAA’s Tiger Forces.
Sporadic clashes are still occurring between Al-Bab and Tadef; the latter town is strategically important as it lies only one kilometer south of Al-Bab and could be used by government forces as a launching pad to capture the rebel bastion.
On the other hand, if the Euphrates Shield troops were to dislodge the Tiger Forces from Tadef, this would create a much-needed buffer zone around Al-Bab.
Meanwhile, some persistent rumours suggest that Turkish engineers are building a military base at the Aqil Mountain just west of Al-Bab. This could however not be independently confirmed by Al-Masdar News’ sources.
Last winter, the ACV-15 in mention was captured by ISIS militants from the Turkish Army. Subsequently, the SAA captured it back from ISIS: