Members of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (a coalition of pro-Turkey militant groups) run away from the battlefield when clashes between Turksih forces and ISIS terrorists started in western Al-Bab on December 22, according to reports circulating in the Turkish blogosphere.
Reports, citing an injured Turkish officer, say that about 40 FSA fighters remained with the Turkish army when clashes began in the outskirts of al-Bab. The total number of FSA fighters that were in the area was about 400. This means that only 10% of the FSA force decided to fight against ISIS instead of running away.
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) December 23, 2016
On December 22 and 23, the Turkish army and the FSA reportedly lost about 70 fighters and a high number of military equipment in clashes with ISIS units in western al-Bab. Furthermore, ISIS militants seized two Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks, one ACV-15 vehicle from Turkish forces.