ISIS completely withdraws from al-Bab after defeat by Euphrates Shield forces

The Free Syrian Army, as part of the Euphrates Shield operations, managed to completely control the city of al-Bab. After than two months of direct clashes, in addition to one hundred days of airstrikes and Turkish artillery shelling, ISIS militants finally fled the strategic city and left to Deir Hafer and Maskanah which are situated to the east. This has also allowed the Turkish army to encroach further into Syrian territory. 

Controlling al-Bab city will greatly improve Turkish manoeuvrability, but it also risks the possibility of a direct confrontation with the Syrian army, especially after restoring large areas in eastern Aleppo by the Syrian army. Advancing towards Manbij city or towards Raqqa city, as Erdogan announced, carries a serious risk of a clash with other forces, and the possibility of conflict with the Syrian Arab Army and its allies, who consider the Turkish existence an occupation and a support to terrorist groups on this land.

The Turkish military as well as the factions factions that it supports now control vast swathes of territory in Syria. Reports suggest that they control an area up to more than 2,700 square kilometers between Jarablos, Azaz and al-Bab. However, this could change very quickly due to the volatile nature of the war.