Syria: Over 50 ISIL fighters killed by Turkish-led forces
Feb.9, Aleppo: Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the ISIL-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, according to the Turkish government and rebel sources.
The advance threatens an important ISIL stronghold, whose fall would deepen Turkish influence in an area of northern Syria where it has created a de facto buffer zone.
A statement by the Turkish military said that 58 ISIL fighters had been killed in air raids, artillery fire, and clashes. Two Turkish soldiers were killed and 15 slightly wounded.
Syrian government forces also advanced on al-Bab from the south on Wednesday, bringing them into close proximity with their Turkish and rebel enemies in one of the most complex battlefields of the six-year-old conflict.
The Oslo Times International News Network