Turkey Claims 44 ISIS Killed, 117 Wounded in North Syria Fighting

Military Says 154 Different ISIS Targets Hit in Artillery Strikes

Heavy fighting and artillery strikes by Turkish military forces and their rebel allies against ISIS-held targets in the north Syrian city of al-Bab have again picked up on Wednesday, with the Turkish military issuing a statement claiming they hit 154 different ISIS targets.

Over the course of that, the statement claims 44 ISIS were killed, and 117 others were wounded. The statement also claimed seven allied rebels were wounded, but reported no deaths among pro-Turkey rebels nor any casualties among Turkish security forces in the area.

This would be unlikely, as heavy fighting in al-Bab has previously taken a considerable toll on Turkish military forces. The Turkish artillery strikes have also tended to kill large numbers of civilian bystanders in al-Bab, though the Turkish military generally does not acknowledge these in any way.

Turkey has captured a large portion of the northern Aleppo Province since invading northern Syria over the summer, and al-Bab would be materially the last ISIS-held town in the area. Turkey has indicated that their offensive will expand eastward, attacking the Kurdish-held city of Manbij after Bab falls.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.