Turkey and SAA on a Collision Course?
“BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently told journalists in Ankara that his forces will continue their military operations in Syria after they capture Al-Bab. Erdogan specifically stated that his forces will concentrate on Raqqa City, which is currently under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS).
However, this presents quite a problem for Erdogan because the quickest way to get to Raqqa City from Al-Bab is through the main highway that flows through Deir Hafer, which is another Islamic State stronghold. The Turkish Armed Forces are currently cutoff from this highway, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recent advances south of Al-Bab.”
I would be surprised if Turkey attempted an assault into Raqqa. They have already achived their goals by keeping the Kurd forces split and they have a nice buffer at their border. What else would be achieved by going to Raqqa?
Even more strange is the urgency of the SAA to take Al Bab. Other then a conflict with Turkey not seeing what the SAA has to gain here either. Is the SAA really in a position to take on another foe?