A senior Turkey-backed terrorist commander was killed in fierce clashes with ISIL in the Northern parts of Aleppo province on Tuesday, media reports said.
Abu Ebrahim al-Askari, a notorious commander of Sultan Murad terrorist group who contributed a major role in Turkey’s Euphrates Shield military operations in Northern Syria, was killed in heavy fighting with the ISIL terrorists, the Anab Baladi news website reported.
Sultan Murad and its affiliated terrorist groups are trying hard to take control of al-Bab city in Aleppo province as they are part of Turkey’s Euphrates Shield military operations.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said in his country’s parliament that the Turkish army will continue its Euphrates Shield military operations until complete destruction of all the ISIL terrorists in the surrounding areas of al-Bab city.
In late September, media sources announced that the Turkish Army is reinvigorating its presence in Aleppo province to launch the third phase of its so-called anti-ISIL operation, codenamed the Euphrates Shield, alongside pro-Ankara terrorist groups.
“The Turkish Army is dispatching more soldiers and military equipment to Northern Syria to launch the third phase of the Euphrates Shield Operations to back terrorist groups, mainly the Free Syrian Army (FSA), to capture the key city of al-Bab in Northern Aleppo,” the sources said.
“The Turkish army, meantime, has deployed thousands of soldiers at its border with Syria to use them against the ISIL if the FSA fails to capture al-Bab,” they added.
“Turkey blamed ISIL of shelling its border town of Kilis,” they said.
Some Turkish analysts believe that without pushing ISIL back from al-Bab, the Euphrates Shield Operation’s objectives will not be materialized.