Putin and Erdogan talk on phone amid reports of Turkey-Syria clashes in al-Bab

The Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday spoke about Syria via phone, it has been reported.

According to both Russian and Turkish media, the two presidents agreed to increase the Moscow-Ankara cooperation in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

The phone call comes amid reports of clashes between the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian army west of al-Bab town, as both sides attempt to close in on al-Bab.

FSA sources claimed that the clashes took place between the FSA-affiliated “Abu Zinideen Front” when the Syrian army reached another part of the Turkish-backed forces’ front-lines Thursday afternoon.

It has been claimed that the Syrian army will take control of al-Bab town once it has been captured from the IS group.

(Reporting and writing by Aylina Kilic/Kom News)