Clashes between pro-Turkish militant groups and the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces have been ongoing in the town of Tadef south of al-Bab since Sunday.
Last weekend, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF), backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have made significant gains against ISIS in the province of Aleppo, liberating over 13 villages from terrorists, and reached a demarcation line with the Turkish army and its proxies from the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA).
FSA militants crossed the the Aleppo-Manbij highway and engaged Syrian troops in clashes, using firearms, anti-tank guided missiles, mortars and light military equipment. Clashes were also reported in the outskirts of Amiyah Kabirah.
According to initial reports in pro-militant sources, the Tiger Forces lost a battle tank and six fighters in the ongoing confrontation. Later reports appeared about up to 20 killed government troops. However, all these are not confirmed by photo or video evidence.
The military and security situation in these areas is clear indicator of the level of the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian-Russian cooperation over the conflict.
If FSA militants continue their offensive actions, it will mark that Ankara has once again changed the attitude over the conflict and shifted it policies in the direction of states supporters of terrorist factions.