SYRIAN, TURKISH TROOPS ENGAGE DIRECTLY IN N. SYRIA
AMMAN, The Syrian regular troops and their allies engaged for the first time with the Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition groups involved in the Operation Euphrates Shield in Al-Bab town, Aleppo Governorate, north Syria, on Thursday.
The hostilities broke out in Al-Ghor and Abul-Zandain areas, to the southwest of Al-Bab when the Syrian troops and Hezbollah attacked the Turkish army and the Turkish-backed groups, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The ongoing fighting coincides with an announcement by the Syrian regime that they made big advances on the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the southwestern parts of Al-Bab.
The Syrian troops have reportedly regained control over Deir Qaq and Al-Shamawiya villages and forced the IS group to retreat to Tadif village and its stronghold in Al-Bab town.
The IS militants are also fighting fiercely the forces of the Operation Euphrates Shield, launched by the Turkish army on August 24, 2016, in the region between the Euphrates river to the east and the rebel-held area around Azaz to the west. The operation involving the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army targets the IS and the mainly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syrian-turkish-troops-engage-directly-in-n-syria-2/National news