Syrian rebels

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels clash with army in north

KONFRONTASI-Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near a city in northern Syria that the rebels recently captured from Islamic State, sources on both sides said, the second such confrontation in the region this month.

The fighting late on Sunday took place in an area where the sides are waging separate campaigns against Islamic State.

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

KONFRONTASI-Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington for greater commitment towards resolving the five-year-old war ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.

World powers are meeting in Germany on Thursday in a bid to revive peace efforts, but with Moscow backing a Syrian government push for all-out military victory, Western officials and opposition delegates see little hope of a breakthrough.

Rebel fighters advance in Syria's Aleppo

KONFRONTASI-Syrian rebels have advanced into a second government-held neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo, activists have said, a claim denied by state TV.

The reported push into the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood came on Thursday, a day after rebels captured the eastern neighbourhood of Rashideen from troops and pro-government gunmen.

Ahmad al-Ahmad and Bahaa Halaby, Aleppo-based activists, said several factions entered Khaldiyeh, which has a large Kurdish community, early on Thursday.