BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – Firefights have broken out between Syrian pro-government forces and Turkish-backed militias in the northern countryside of Aleppo province. The basis for the exchanging of blows appears to be an ongoing dispute for control of a key town in the region.
On Wednesday afternoon, Syrian army-led forces and Turkish-backed fighters exchanged blows in and near the town of Tadef in northern Aleppo. The town itself appears to be the reason for the armed dispute as neither of the two belligerents fully control it and yet seek to.
Pro-Turkish sources released a brief clip, apparently captured on the personal camera of a militant, showing the exchange of gunfire between pro-government forces and Turkey-led fighters in and near the town of Tadef.
Tadef is like about one kilometer south of the strategic crossroad town of Al-Bab, which was surrendered by Islamic State fighters to Turkey-led forces after a three-month battle.
Control of Tadef itself is disputed, the frontier between government-held lines and militant-controlled territory runs right through the middle of the town, with Syrian army-led forces holding positions in the south, and pro-Turkey fighters holding positions in the north.