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Aleppo, Syria (8:40 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) began its new military campaign in northeastern Aleppo on Wednesday, targeting the key border-city of Jarabulus, which sits at the northern bank of the vast Euphrates River.

The nearly 1,500 Free Syrian Army fighters crossing the Euphrates River into Aleppo have been joined by several soldiers from the Turkish Special Forces.

Preliminary reports from northeastern Aleppo indicate that the Turkish Special Forces have already crossed the Euphrates and entered the Aleppo Governorate.

While it may appear that the Turkish military is fighting to destroy the Islamic State along their border, they are most likely participating in this battle at Jarabulus for other reasons.

The primary reason they are attacking Jarabulus is due to the large presence of Kurdish and Arab fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces that are positioned just south of the city.

Taking Jarabulus before the SDF reach the city would divert the latter from capturing another Turkish border-crossing.