Syrian rebels say clashed with govt forces in north

By REUTERS
February 27, 2017 09:42
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BEIRUT  - Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups said they clashed on Sunday with government forces near a city captured last week from the Islamic State group in northern Syria, the second such confrontation in that area in recent weeks.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian army.

A statement from the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) released on Sunday evening said the clash had taken place south of the city of al-Bab near the town of Tadef, which government forces took from IS on Sunday. A rebel fighter with an FSA group in the area said the incident took place on Sunday evening.

The Turkey-backed FSA rebels and Syrian government forces are fighting IS in separate campaigns in the region northeast of Aleppo. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, intervened to halt a previous such clash earlier this month.

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