Jarabulus (Arabic: جرابلس, Turkis: Cerablus), is a Syrian city administratively belonging to Aleppo Governorate. Jarabulus, also known as Jerablus, lies on the western bank of the river Euphrates. In the 2004 census, the city had a population of 11,570. Ethnically, the city is composed of Arabs and Turkmens. It is located north of Lake Assad, just south of the Syrian-Turkish border and the Turkish town of Karkamış.
On 24 August 2016 around 4:00 AM (local time), Turkey-backed rebels and the Turkish Land Forces launched a military operation into Syria. The operation was supported by the Turkish Air Force along with US-led coalition aircraft in an attempt to clear a passage for the troops. By 24 August, Jarabulus and neighboring towns had been claimed by the Free Syrian Army. The FSA, backed by Turkish tanks, next attempted to connect Jarablus to al-Rai to push ISIS forces away from the Turkish border.