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    Turkish forces and members of the Free Syrian Army are seen at the al Baza'a village on the outskirts of al-Bab town in Syria

    Turkey-Backed Syrian Rebels Fully Control Al-Bab

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    The Turkish General Staff has confirmed that Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels gained full control over al-Bab previously controlled by Daesh.

    Earlier in the day, Anadolu news agency reported that the FSA fighters, backed by the Turkish forces, celebrated the liberation of the Syrian town of al-Bab from Daesh terrorist group that had seized the city in 2013.

    Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Thursday that most of the city was under Syrian opposition's control after the fighters had entered the city's center.

    On Thursday, Daesh terrorists have started to leave the besieged northern Syrian city of al-Bab.

    Turkish-backed forces made advances into the town earlier this month. The town's remaining jihadist-held areas thus came under siege as the Syrian army had approached al-Bab from the south, cutting off militant retreat routes.

    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.

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