Kurdish-backed forces take parts of town, edge closer to Turkish border: monitor

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 11:38 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish-backed Syria Democratic Forces have taken control of around 70 percent of Tal Rifaat, a town between Aleppo city and Azaz near the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights conflict monitor said on Monday.

A major offensive against Syrian rebels, supported by Russian bombing and Iranian-backed forces, has brought the Syrian army to within 25 km (15 miles) of Turkey's border and Kurdish-backed forces have exploited the situation, seizing ground from Syrian rebels to extend its presence along the frontier.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Alison Williams)