>> Russia says, its war planes joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of Al-Bab in Northern Syria. It's evidence of increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Ankara. The two countries are organizing a new round of Syrian peace-talks to be held on January 23rd in Kazakhstan.
Russia and Turkey back opposing sides in Syria's civil war. But they have set aside their differences over the political fate of president Bashar Al-Assad, to try to forge a wider deal for the war torn country. A senior Russian Defense Ministry official said, nine Russian jets and eight Turkish war planes had together struck targets in Al-Bab.
A town located around 40 kilometers northeast of Aleppo. The joint mission is said to have been agreed by the Syrian government. Russian jets are also backing a Syrian army offensive near the town of Palmyra. Official say that Islamic State militants are planning to destroy more of the ancient cities historical monuments.