Turkish-backed forces seize center of Syria's al-Bab from IS

By Humeyra Pamuk and John Davison ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkish-backed rebels have seized the center of al-Bab town from Islamic State, Turkish state media and rebels said on Thursday, in a boost to Ankara’s drive to defeat the militant group in northern Syria. Turkey launched its “Operation Euphrates Shield” in August in an effort to push Islamic State from its border and stop the advance of a Syrian Kurdish militia. Taking control of al-Bab, an Islamic State stronghold 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, would deepen Turkish influence in an area of Syria where it has effectively created a buffer zone and would allow the Ankara-backed forces to press on towards Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.

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