Syrian Army Controls over New Areas in Homs Countryside, Kills More Terrorists in Daraa
The ISIL terrorist group started leaving the besieged town of al-Bab, al-Mayadeen news channel reported, adding that the town is currently under siege by the Turkish-affiliated and Syrian army forces.
The remaining areas of al-Bab which were occupied by the terrorists came under siege as the Syrian army approached the town from the South earlier, cutting off militants’ routes.
A senior Syrian legislator disclosed on Tuesday that Damascus troops were about to launch a massive operation to capture the SIL-held town of al-Bab East of Aleppo province within the next few days after Turkey sustained a major defeat and withdrew forces from the strategic town.
“The army will capture and impose full control over al-Bab in coming days,” Mohanad al-Haj told FNA.
Noting that liberation of al-Bab would defuse Turkish and US plots to create a safe zone in Northern Syria and will be a new winning card for Damascus in peace talks, he said, “The al-Bab battle will certainly cut the link between terrorists and their backers in Syria and will be a second decisive battle before declaring Syria’s full victory in the war.”
Al-Haj stated that Turkey and its affiliated militant troops have failed to push ISIL back in al-Bab after their recent losses and defeats, and said liberation of al-Bab by the army will push Turkey, Europe and the US into a status of confusion because they will be faced with a flood of defeated foreign terrorists seeking to return to their homelands.
Reports said on February 13 that the Turkish troops and their affiliated forces had taken as much as 40 per cent of the Northern Syrian town of al-Bab from ISIL.
But only a few days later, reinvigorated ISIL troops returned to the battle scene and captured almost the entire city. Media sources disclosed on February 19 that the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militant groups have sustained a major defeat in al-Bab and lost almost the entire town.
“In spite of what Turkey has claimed that the Euphrates Shield military operation in al-Bab is nearing its end, the Turkish-back militants have not made any progress in the town and the ISIL is now in control of 90 percent of al-Bab,” the Arabic-language al-Watan daily said quoting the pro-militant Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The report comes as Turkish airstrikes as well as artillery attacks by the Turkish army and the Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Operation militants are strongly underway, taking the lives of over 100 civilians in the last 10 days.
The Turkish army troops have also sustained heavy losses and casualties in their operation that has been underway without the Damascus government’s permission.