#Syria|#EuphratesShield|177th day update

At least 15 Daesh terrorists were “neutralized” in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to a Turkish General Staff statement released Thursday.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply the terrorist in question was either killed or captured.

Also, 258 Daesh targets, including the terror group’s shelters, possible defense positions and tunnel mouths had been hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish Land Forces support, the statement said.

In addition, Turkish fighter jets destroyed 20 buildings including 15 hideouts, two headquarters, two arms depots and an armed vehicle of the terrorist group.

Source: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/15-daesh-terrorists-neutralized-in-northern-syria-/751613

On 14/02/2017, FSA backed by TAF controlled the centre of alBab town.

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However, claims  that alBab is captured 100% are denied and street battles continue and seems that the centre of the town still under Daesh control .

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Analysis: Daesh cut water supply to Aleppo from Khafsa pumping plant a month ago. Claims that Assad’s forces attempt to reach Khafsa are false as they aim to  cut the road to Manbij and Raqqa and they will be 6 kms far from Manbej. The regime has no interest in alBab, Tadef and Khafsa that have no  strategic miliary importance.   As the regime suffers of shortage of human factor, it would hand them over to the Kurdish militias to control the Euphrates Shield supply lines, while continuing its road to Raqqa.

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