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    Battle Against Daesh in Syria (180)

    The Syrian army is three kilometers (1.86 miles) away from the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, seized by the Daesh terrorist group, the Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported on Friday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — According to Al-Mayadeen, the army supported by the militia managed to dislodge Daesh terrorists from six settlements near al-Bab, and it is successfully approaching the city, which serves as a base for Daesh militants, from the south-east.

    The Free Syrian Army supported by the Turkish Air Force and armored vehicles is also conducting an offensive to liberate the city from south-west.

    On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarablus and the surrounding area of Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. As Jarablus was retaken, the joint forces of Ankara, the coalition and Syrian rebels continued the offensive southwest.

    Al Bab is one of Daesh’s last remaining strongholds near the Turkish border. Capturing the city is of strategic importance to Turkey in order to prevent the Syrian Kurds taking it and unifying their own territories.

    Battle Against Daesh in Syria (180)


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