The northern Syrian town of al-Bab has been liberated from ISIS terrorists and Turkish troops are now working to clear the area from mines and explosives, the Turkish daily “Daily Sabah” reported, citing Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.
The article reads (source):
The operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from Daesh terrorists has almost been completed and Turkish troops are working to clear mines and explosives, Chief of General Staff Gen. HulusiAkar reportedly said, Turkish Sabah daily’s Ankara Bureau Chief Okan Müderrisoğlu reported.
According to Müderrisoğlu, General Akar told journalists accompanying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his three-day visit to Gulf countries that the al-Bab Operation has been finished and explosive ordnance disposal teams are currently working to clear the region.
Müderrisoğlu quoted Akar as saying that two large bomb-traps have successfully been detonated, and other bombs and mines are being cleared.
Probably, the Turkish chief of general staff forgot that pro-Turksih militant groups, backed up by the Turkish army, had retreated almost from all areas seized in the ISIS stronghold of al-Bab. Thus, the only side controlling al-Bab is ISIS.
Is this statement a bad propaganda move for the internal audience or a grand mistake by some journalists?
Military situation in al-Bab:
A screenshot for the history: