Some eight ISIL militants, who were wearing suicide vests and came to the scene on foot to aid the main attack of the bomb-laden vehicle, were killed in the exchange of fire, the army said.
Al-Bab has been under IS control since 2014, when the group seized large swathes of territory in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, proclaiming its self-described caliphate. They also agreed to expand military coordination during the operation against militants from Daesh and other extremist groups in Syria. "We will not put Manbij under Turkish control", Muslim said.
Turkey's military forcers and allied rebels in Syria continued their offensive against the town of Tel Rifaat in northern Aleppo, targeting positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources reported on Wednesday.
"Today, around 08.40, during airstrikes against Daesh targets [in Syria], Russian combat planes accidentally hit a building hosting Turkish servicemen taking part in Euphrates Shield operation".
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By Friday, government forces were just 1.5 kilometres (less then a mile) from the southern outskirts of al-Bab, while Turkish troops and allied rebels advanced from the north, east and west.
Chief of the Russian General Staff General Valery Gerasimov held telephone talks with his Turkish counterpart, during which the issues of the fight against worldwide terrorist groups in Syria and the situation in the northeast of the province of Aleppo were discussed.
"Daesh forces have begun leaving Al-Bab completely", he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS. "They retreated towards the Turkish side of the border", a YPJ officer told ARA News.
Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes, swept into northern Syria in August in an operation, dubbed "Euphrates Shield" by Ankara, to push Daesh from Turkey's border and stop the advance of Kurdish fighters.