Meanwhile, Syrian government forces comprising 10,000 soldiers have demonstrated significant advances in the operation to liberate al-Bab.
The Syrian Army has liberated most of the settlements to the west of al-Bab from Daesh terrorists. It is reported by Sputnik Turkey that there are about 3 km left for the Syrian Army before it reaches the city.
Meanwhile, according to the Sputnik correspondent, Daesh militants’ kidnapped two Turkish soldiers near the village of Ed Dana to the west of al-Bab in the framework of operation Euphrates Shield.
It is reported that the Turkish soldiers were captured during an attack by the jihadists. They were first taken to al-Bab and from there to Raqqa.
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.