Turkish army-backed FSA enters center of Syria's Al-Bab

Town center is cleared of ISIL extremists amid Turkey’s ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield

Turkish army-backed FSA enters center of Syria's Al-Bab

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by the Turkish military, has reportedly entered the center of Syria’s strategic town of Al-Bab.

The town center has been entirely cleared of ISIL extremists as part of Turkey’s ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield. 

FSA fighters are now clearing the town of landmines and booby traps planted in the area by ISIL militants.

“The center of Al-Bab is now under opposition control,” FSA Commander Ahmed al-Shahabi told Anadolu Agency.

“We are advancing cautiously due to the many mines and explosives left behind,” he said.

The Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield aims to provide security, support U.S.-led coalition forces, and eliminate the extremist presence along Syria’s northern border with Turkey.

The operation, which began last summer, relies heavily on FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and air support.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Şubat 2017, 17:05