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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in a speech on Oct. 22, 2016 that the Turkish-led Euphrates Shield operation would press on to the Daesh (ISIS)-held town of Al-Bab, the group's last stronghold in Aleppo Governorate. Erdogan's instructions were implemented two days later when the Turkish-led coalition suspended its offensive on the town of Tal Rifaat in northern Aleppo Governorate – held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces – and announced the beginning of its operation to capture Al-Bab. The Turkish-backed offensive – a coalition of Syrian rebel groups supported by Turkish troops – was launched on Aug. 24 of this year to take the border town of Jarablus and hamper both SDF and Daesh aims in northern Syria.The offensive resulted in a number of casualties – though the exact number is not clear – as Turkish warplanes and artillery fired on Kurdish targets.The opposition's newly launched operation to break the regime's siege on Aleppo make fighting Daesh secondary for many rebel groups. Additionally, the groups that are participating in the operation are mostly small and not well-established.
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