The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed more troops and military equipment for the Turkey-led offensive on the ISIS-held Syrian town of al-Bab.
Since December 2016, Turkish troops and pro-Turkish militants have made a number of failed attempts to retake the northern Syrian town from ISIS terrorists, but failed to achieve any notable results. The town is still only partly encircled and Turkish forces have not penetrated ISIS defense lines.
In turn, ISIS units continued counter-attacks, targeting Turkish military personnel west of al-Bab. On Wednesday, at least 1 Turkish soldier was killed and 4 injured in the ISIS attack.
The complicated situation at the frontline pushed Ankara to deploy more and more forces for the operation in northern Syria. Accroding to unconfirmed reports, there are up to 7,000 Turkish soldiers are involved in the operation in the country. Even if no, high number of Turkish military personnel near al-Bab is confirmed by a high number of photos and videos.
A Turkish military convoy is passing the Syrian border town of al-Rai on the way to the area of al-Bab: