Over the past 48 hours, deadly clashes have sparked off between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-led Euphrates Shield forces near the city of Al-Bab northeast of Aleppo.
Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) affiliated brigade, released an official statement online mourning the loss of 4 fighters due to skirmishes with government troops on the northern perimeter of Tadef on Monday.
Other FSA factions, Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham, and the Turkish Armed Forces did not specify their losses in the bloody battle for Tadef.
Nevertheless, an opposition outlet said a further two rebel militants were killed by shelling and airstrikes outside Al-Sukiryah today; this town is located in a region previously held by ISIS which has subsequently been divided up between Turkish-backed groups and the SAA.
Yesterday, Euphrates Shield forces claimed to have killed 22 SAA troops at Tadef; however, upon enquiring with a military source embedded with the Tiger Forces, Al-Masdar News’ field correspondent Yusha Yuseef confirmed that this death toll was a pure fabrication.
It is not immediately clear if the SAA will launch an assault on Al-Bab or strike southwards towards the Islamic Station bastion of Deir Hafer.