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Erdogan: Turkish forces reach center of ISiS-held Al-Bab

Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:42
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 12, 2017, 4:22 PM (IDT)

Military sources tracking the months’ old Turkish offensive to capture the northern Syrian town of A-Bab from ISIS occupation affirm that their troops have reached the town’s outskirts – not yet the center, as President Tayyip Erdogan claimed Sunday. Ankara puts out periodic reports of battle successes against the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the Aleppo region. DEBKAfile’s military experts say that Turkey’s failure to overcome the jihadists in nearly three months of fighting raises questions about its army’s professional competence – especially after the failed military coup eight months ago and subsequent purge of generals.

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