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by Leith Fadel

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:15 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Shamiya (Levantine Front) continued their large-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo on Saturday, targeting several villages located approximately 10 km north of Al-Bab.

These Turkish-backed forces reportedly captured 4 villages on Saturday morning after a fierce battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) near Musayabin.

According to the official Twitter of Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish-backed rebels captured the villages of Aqdash, Al-Shu’ayb, Al-‘Owan, and Hajji Kousa in northeast Aleppo.

As a result of today’s gains, the Turkish-backed rebels are now within 9 km of Al-Bab, leaving the Islamic State wedged between the Syrian Arab Army and Free Syrian Army.