Pro-Turkish militants, supported by the Turkish Armed Forces, and the Kurdish YPG (also described as the SDF in the mainstream media) have moved closer to the military confrontation over the key town of al-Bab (currently controlled by ISIS) in the Syrian province of Aleppo.
Recently, both the Turkish forces and the YPG have seized a numeber of villages in the al-Bab countryside and deployed in positions close to each other. The YPG’s advance east of al-Bab was aimed to prevent the Turkey-led forces from encricling the ISIS-controlled town and succeed in this.
Now, the Turkish forces have to storm al-Bab from the front or to engage the Kurdish YPG in clashes to encircle the ISIS stronghold.
The situation is now very tense and some firefights between pro-Turkish militants and YPG units are reported.