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Briefly on the military situation in al-Bab district.
1. Al-Baba continued street battles. The Turks occupied the outskirts of the city, including the hospital and the hill, ran into the city “green” infantry, which initially failed to gain a foothold in the south-western districts, but on February 15, began to experience serious problems with overcoming resistance “halifatchikov”. Black work in Al-Bab about the same as in Mosul – infantrymen entered in urban development militant groups under attack bombers, as well as local counter-attacks with the use of underground utilities. There is still a big problem are abundantly placed mines, snipers and mobile anti-tank group. The rate of occurrence dropped immediately and Erdogan that Turkish forces released Al-Baba Center proved premature. In addition to the resistance of the Caliphate, some impact on the pace of the assault have clashes with the Turks and PAS SDF / YPG near Tal Rifat. Why Turks took to aggravate the situation there right now, it remains a mystery. Not finishing operation under the Al-Bab, Turkey then sprayed on the banal showdown with local Kurds who do not promise quick results.
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Co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Ilham Ahmad warned the Turkish troops not to approach Raqqa.
“We will never allow them to approach Raqqa as it means increased tensions and if they do so, naturally clashes will erupt,” Ahmad, a Kurd, said.
She underlined that Turkey’s approach to Raqqa is “unacceptable”, and added that if Ankara dares to adopt such a measure, the SDF forces will be fully ready to confront it.
The SDF is made of mostly Kurdish fighters of the YPG and a minority of Arab militants. Rifts have recently been widening after Ankara’s strong support for the Arabs against the YPG troops.
Her remarks came after Turkey announced that it will deploy its forces in Raqqa after al-Bab in Aleppo.
A source said on Sunday that the Turkish army dispatched a large number of forces and a large volume of equipment to the town of al-Bab after they suffered heavy casualties and their military hardware sustained major damage in recent clashes with ISIL.
The source said that the Turkish army forwarded a large number of forces and more equipment to the surrounding areas of al-Bab to carry out fresh operation against ISIL in Northeastern Aleppo under the pressure of Ankara government.
The source said that the Turkish army suffered heavy casualties in failed attacks on ISIL’s defense lines in al-Bab, underlining that the army is resolved to cover its defeats.
The source went on to say that following vast advances of the Syrian Army against ISIL South of al-Bab and closure of ISIL’s supply road to Raqqa and Deir Ezzur, a large number of forces and equipment from Idlib and Northern Aleppo were sent to al-Bab from the border passage of Atmah to al-Salamah border crossing in Azaz.
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