Blast hits Turkey-backed Syrian rebels preventing Islamic State, worldwide monitor says

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By: Reuters | Beruit | Printed:February 24, 2017 2:03 pm Map exhibiting areas of management in Syria.

A automobile bomb in a village close to al-Bab in Syria struck Syrian rebels preventing Islamic State early on Friday, killing a minimum of 29individuals and wounding dozens extra, a struggle monitor stated. The Turkey-backed rebels on Thursday drove Islamic State from al-Bab, the jihadist group’s final vital stronghold in northwest Syria, together with two smaller neighbouring cities of Qabasin and al-Bezah, after weeks of avenue preventing.

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The automobile bomb struck navy and safety workplaces in Sousian, which is behind the insurgent traces about eight km (5 miles) northwest of al-Bab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based struggle monitor, stated.

On Thursday, a number of Turkey-backed rebels have been killed by a mine in al-Bab whereas clearing the city of unexploded ordnance after Islamic State retreated, the Observatory stated.

Syria’s important battle pits President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, Iran and Shi’ite militias, in opposition to rebels that embrace teams supported by Turkey, the US and Gulf monarchies.

Nonetheless, each these sides, in addition to a bunch of militias led by Kurdish forces and supported by the US, are additionally preventing Islamic State, which holds massive swathes of northern and jap Syria.

Turkey straight intervened in Syria in August in assist of a bunch of insurgent factions preventing underneath the Free Syrian Military banner to drive Islamic State from its border. It additionally desires to cease Kurdish teams from gaining management of many of the frontier.

After taking al-Bab on Thursday, Turkish forces shelled Islamic State within the smaller neighbouring city of Tadef, the Observatory reported. The realm instantly to the south of Tadef is held by the Syrian military and its allies.

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