Clashes are reportedly ongoing between the Syrian army and members of pro-Turkish militant groups near the Syrian northern town of al-Bab.
According to local sources, the fighting took place at the village of Tadef located directly at the southern gates of al-Bab.
The Sultan Murad Division (consists of Turkmens) released a statement that 3 Syrian army soldiers had been captured by the Free Syrian Army near the al-Bab Silos.
— Sultan Murat Tümeni (@STumeni) March 12, 2017
If confirmed, this will mean that a high level of tensions between pro-Turkish forces and Syrian forces remains in the area. This also means that Ankara cannot or does not want to control its proxies in the area of al-Bab in order to avoid tensions with the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance.
Reports about the renewed clashes near al-Bab followed the Turksih shelling of Syrian government forces west of al-Bab which reportedly resulted in a number of casualties among government troops.