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By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels, who this week seized a strategic town from Islamic State, aim to move westward in the next phase of their Turkey-backed operation, an advance that could take weeks or months to complete, a rebel commander said. Colonel Ahmad Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, also told Reuters the rebels did not wish to fight Kurdish forces that have advanced in northern Syria as part of a separate campaign against IS, but would do so if necessary. Sultan Murad is one of the main Syrian rebel groups taking part in the operation that on Wednesday drove IS from the border town of Jarablus with help from Turkish special forces, warplanes and tanks.
With their Champions League qualification assured, Monaco switch their focus to hosting French title-holders and fellow European hopefuls Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this weekend. Monaco secured an impressive 3-1 aggregate victory over Villarreal of Spain in midweek, no insignificant result as the principality club attempts to keep hold of its top players. Leonardo Jardim's side were placed with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur in Group E of Europe's premier club competition, while PSG, quarter-finalists each of the past four seasons, will face Arsenal, Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad in Group A.