Syrian govt forces launch bid to take back Saraqeb town -Turkish official

ANKARA - Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power have launched an operation aimed at taking back the pivotal town of Saraqeb in northwest Syria from Turkey-backed rebels, a Turkish official said on Thursday.
"There are violent clashes in the region," the official said. The Turkey-backed rebels said earlier on Thursday they had recaptured Saraqeb, in what was the first major reverse for the Syrian army's Russian-backed offensive.