Abu Khalid al-Urduni, an ISIS governor for al-Bab, was killed as result of Turkish military strikes in northern Syria, according to The Daily Sabah, citing a statement by the Turkish military:
Another statement, released later on Sunday, revealed that Abu Khalid al-Urduni, the so-called Daesh-appointed governor of al-Bab, was killed during anti-terror operations carried out on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Al-Urduni’s death news surfaced after Turkish military sources obtained the congratulatory address sent by Daesh’s so-called Raqqa governor to the newly appointed governor of al-Bab.
According to pro-Turkish reports, 33 ISIS members were recently killed and 4 others injured in artillery strikes and airstrikes in the area of al-Bab.
Last night, ISIS launched a large-scale counter-attack against pro-Turkish militants and the Turksih army in the village of Bzaah east of al-Bab. ISIS used 2 car bombs and entered the village. Pro-ISIS sources claimed that Bzaah was under the ISIS control. Turkish fources counter-attacked in the morning.
Now, Bzaah remains contested. Heavy clashes are ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have taken control over the village of Um Arkelah located south of the Kuweires Military Airbase. Yesterday, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces liberated the strategic town of Aran south of al-Bab.
The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces battle tanks during the operation in the eastern Aleppo countryside in late 2016 (source):