The Turkish military has established a “temporary” military base in the strategic town of al-Bab in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Turkish daily “Hurriyet Daily News” reported citing own military sources.
According to the report, the military base is locateed at the hill of Akil in western al-Bab. The Akil Hill is an important site which allows Turkish forces to have a fire control over the western part of the town.
“The base also functions as a place where armored vehicles used in Turkey’s ongoing Euphrates Shield operation are parked and repaired if damages are minor,” Hurriyet Daily News’ article reads.
The Turkish army and pro-Turkish militant groups seized al-Bab from ISIS terrorists last week. Since then, various Turkish sources have repeatedly announced that Ankara-led forces are now aiming to take control over the YPG-held town of Manbij west of al-Bab.