In the northeastern part of Syria’s province of Aleppo, pro-Turkish militant groups have taken control of the villages of Qanţarah, Mīrzah and Tal Hajar.
Turkey also reinforced its border forces by deploying 43 Armored Personnel Carriers with 180 fresh troops to Gaziantep. In Islahiye, north of Afrin, a Turkish army convoy deployed a number of T-155 Fırtına self-propelled howitzers.
In a separate development, the Kurdish People’s Defense Force (YPG) engaged Turkish forces at the border post in Hatay provincewith machine gun fire—and were in turn, engaged themselves. Five Rojava fighters and a single Asayish police force member were killed in the ensuing conflict.
It’s intersting to note that Turkish government-linked sources did not released an official map of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield on Semptember 8 (and 9). This could indicate some important preporations from the Turkish side.
We remind on September 8, it became known that ISIS was withdrawing elite units and military equipment from the area of the strategic city of Al-Bab in Aleppo province (more).
The Turkey-led forces are destroying an ISIS vehicle and tactical units:
— EuphratesShield (@EuphratesShield) September 8, 2016