After Jarablus Withdrawal, ISIS Capture Al-Rai Border Town in Syria’s Aleppo

After Jarablus Withdrawal, ISIS Capture Al-Rai Border Town in Syria’s Aleppo
Sat Aug 27, 2016 09:03:39

The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL , IS and Daesh) after withdrawal from the Jerablus region of Aleppo, capture Al-Rai and its surrounding region as Kurds and Turkish-backed rebels fight viciously against each other along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Just a few days following its massive retreat from the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, ISIS launched a large counteroffensive aimed at capturing the border town of Al-Rai and its surrounding towns, Al Masdar reports.

The ISIS retreat forced a direct confrontation between the YPG and the Turkish-backed FSA enabling the terror group the sufficient time and manpower to fortify its defense lines around Al-Bab, its administrative capital of Aleppo and one of its last remaining strongholds in the aforementioned province.

As of now, ISIS has succeeded in capturing the border stronghold with the group’s strategy seemingly more focused on expanding the border region around Al-Rai, an area much more easily defendable than Jarablus.

Should the terror group build an expansive buffer zone around Al-Rai, it would ensure itself prolonged presence on the border and prove to be a considerable hurdle in the way of the Turkish-led invasion aimed at securing a corridor between Azaz and Jarablus.

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