Soldiers of the Free Syrian army
The Turkish military said that fighters of the free Syrian army (FSA) with the support of the Turkish forces managed to take control of key heights around the town of al-Bab. About it reports Reuters.
According to Ankara, they had reached the Western outskirts of al-Bab and even captured a few houses. “During the offensive on the night of 7 to 8 February, the defence of the “Islamic state” has been hacked, — explained the official representative of the SAA. — These minutes offensive continues”.
During the fighting from air strikes, shelling and small arms fire killed 58 militants of the “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). The loss of the Turkish troops amounted to two men killed and 15 wounded easily, the FSA military is not lead.
“The operation to establish control over al-Bab will be completed in the near future, — has promised the Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu. — In recent days our forces and the FSA has reached serious successes.” According to the Minister, the next target of the Turkish military and allied Syrians will be the raqqa — the capital of ISIS.
The offensive of the Turkish army and her allied parts (FSA) in al-Bab began five months ago. The fighting on the outskirts of the city are already more than two months, however, the Turkish military and its allies still have not managed to take it. While Ankara reports regularly on large losses Islamists — as claimed by Turkey, they lost more than 700 people.