Free Syrian Army groups said they captured three new villages southwest of the town of Jarablos on the Turkish border on Friday. FSA group on Wednesday launched the “Shield of the Euphrates” offensive to oust ISIS militants from northern rural Aleppo along the Turkish border.
FSA fighters late on Friday captured the villages of Tal Shair, Halwaniya and Hamir Alajaj after clashes with militants of the extremist group.
The next target for FSA fighters, backed by Turkish forces, will be the strategic town of Albab to the southwest.
Activists said that the FSA fighters cleared Tal Shair from mines and IEDs planted by ISIS militants and deployed forces in the village’s streets to protect civilian property.
The Syrian Coalition earlier emphasized that the military presence of the international anti-ISIS coalition in and around Jarablos is temporary and will be limited to the provision of logistical support. The ground attack on the town is carried out by the FSA fighters, the Coalition said.
The Coalition hailed the FSA’s offensive to liberate the town of Jarablos near the Turkish border from the ISIS terrorist organization and terror groups allied with the Assad regime.
A Turkish convoy of relief aid entered Jarablos earlier on Saturday and was distributed to families in the town. Aid was also delivered to the FSA fighters who are taking part in the offensive. (Source: Syrian Coalition)