Saturday, January 21

Debacle: ISIS releases photos of its rout of Turkish Army in Aleppo Province UPDATED 7:55 PM EST

By Leith Fadel 
January 21, 2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) - The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) foiled a massive assault by the Turkish Armed Forces in the Al-Bab countryside on Friday, putting a temporary end to their military operations in east Aleppo.

ISIS showed off photos of this failed Turkish Army assault on Friday, posting pictures of destroyed Leopard tanks and other armored vehicles near the town of Al-Sulfaniyah in eastern Al-Bab.

The pictures below were released by the Islamic State's official media wing, Al-'Amaq, via their Telegram social media account:

[See AMN for more of the photographs]

The Turkish Army is reportedly backing off from the Al-Bab offensive in favor of the Syrian Arab Army liberating the city, Lebanese journalist Hussein Murtada claimed on Friday.



From this 21 January RT news summary, Turkey's government tells a somewhat different version of events:

10:07 GMT
46 ISIS fighters killed in Syria – Turkish military

At least 46 fighters from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have been 'neutralized' and 16 others injured over the last 24 hours within Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish military said in a statement, as cited by Hurriyet Daily News. According to the military, Turkish jets hit 21 IS targets, including two armed vehicles, in al-Bab, Bzagah, and Qabasin regions. Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria started on August 24. Ankara deployed ground and air forces to Syria with the stated goal of retaking areas held by Islamic State and securing its southern border.


Of course Islamic State didn't say they lost no people in the battle, but I'll take their word that they creamed the Turkish Army.  

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