BEIRUT, Oct 10 : Rebels battled on Saturday to reverse an Islamic State group advance on Syria's Aleppo, as Washington said it would resume talks with Moscow to avoid accidents in the skies over the war-torn country.
Moscow meanwhile continued its aerial campaign in Syria, launching a series of new strikes overnight and into Saturday targeting areas in and around the regime stronghold of Latakia province.
In the northern province of Aleppo, Islamist rebels including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group recaptured one of several villages seized by IS in its Friday advance, a monitor said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels were battling to take back a second village from the jihadist group, which is now within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of Aleppo city.
The IS offensive has brought the jihadist group closer than ever to Aleppo, threatening to further complicate the situation in Syria's second city which has long been divided between government and rebel control.
The regime holds the west of the city, while the rebels hold the east, but the situation is largely reversed in the countryside.
The IS advance threatens both regime and rebel forces in the city, including a strategic road that leads from rebel-held Aleppo to the Turkish border.
On Friday, the Pentagon said it would resume talks with Moscow aimed at preventing military accidents in Syrian airspace after it received a reply to US proposals.
Meanwhile, Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.
Rebels on the ground and Western states have said Moscow's air campaign, which has been combined with ground attacks by pro-government forces, have mainly targeted rebel groups not associated with Islamic State, including U.S.-trained fighters. ?Agencies