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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize village from Islamic State group: Rebels, Monitor

Reuters , Saturday 3 Sep 2016
Turkish tanks
Turkish military tanks are seen during clashes between Turkish soldiers and Islamic State group fighters, 20 km west of the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis, in the southern region of Gaziantep, on September 3, 2016. Turkey said on September 1, 2016 it had made gains against Islamic State jihadists on the ninth day of an offensive in neighbouring Syria to clear the border area of IS fighters and a Kurdish militia. The Turkish army said it had cleared "terrorist elements" out of three villages west of Jarabulus (Photo: AFP)
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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seized at least one village from Islamic State on Saturday near Turkey's border with Syria in further advances against the militant  group, the insurgents and monitors said.

The Hamza Brigade, a group fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, said it had taken control of Arab Ezza, a village near which Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the rebels had taken Arab Ezza and said they had seized at least one other village nearby. 

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