Rebel fighters walk out from a cave that was used by Islamic State militants, after they captured the area from them on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Syria's military command announced it was expanding military operations against Daesh (ISIS) in the country's north Thursday, a move that draws government forces closer to potential conflict with Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces fighting extremists in the region.The Syrian push in Aleppo province risks a showdown with Turkish troops and Syrian opposition fighters who have jointly been trying to capture the Daesh-held town for weeks.That had allowed Turkey to wage war against Daesh and also Syrian Kurdish groups in northern Syria.The Turkish-backed troops in northern Syria have repeatedly clashed with the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, who are leading the battle to retake the nearby city of Raqqa, Daesh's Syrian de facto capital.
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