Turkey has criticized the U.S. backed international coalition forces for not doing enough to support its offensive on the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab.
Turkey has attempted to infiltrate ISIS defense lines around Al-Bab, but has faced fierce resistance from dug-in fighters.
In particular, ATGM hits have disabled a handful of Turkish Leopard 2A4 and M60T Sabra tanks.
“These circles, which always level criticism at Turkey on ISIL, are not giving the necessary support for our struggle against ISIL in Azez, Jarablus, Dabiq and al-Bab. This is unacceptable,” presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin told reporters on Dec. 26.
“We would like to express once more that the international coalition should make a special commitment particularly to provide air support. We are coordinating with the international coalition. It is unacceptable that air support is not provided without a legitimate reason,” he added.
“Regardless of mobilization by [ISIL], Turkey will continue in its determination in this regard, and this operation will be completed,” said Kalin.