Saturday, February 18, 2017
Also from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter. Once more the combatants of the Islamic State [ISIL] proving to be rough customers. Turkish regular forces having a hard go.
"Erdogan: Turkish forces reach center of ISIS-held Al-Bab"
"Military sources tracking the months' old Turkish offensive to capture the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab from ISIS occupation affirm that their troops have reached the town's outskirts - not yet the center, as President Tayyip Erdogan claimed Sunday. Ankara puts out periodic reports of battle successes against the Islamic State's last stronghold in the Aleppo region . . . Turkey's failure to overcome the jihadists in nearly three months of fighting raises questions about its army's professional competence - especially after the failed military coup eight months ago and subsequent purge of generals."
According to DEBKAfile the center of Al-Bab NOT having been reached. Turkish troops on the outskirts of the city but not to the center.
SO MANY TURKISH HIGH RANKING ARMY COMMANDERS ARRESTED OR DISMISSED RECENTLY THE COMMAND STRUCTURE OF THE TURKISH MILITARY NOW QUESTIONABLE?
And of this situation Mustafa Kemal would say?