Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) say they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on Syria’s border with Turkey.
The advances were made after a series of air strikes by the US-led coalition.
The hill, Tall Shair, was captured more than 10 days ago by IS militants, who have besieged the area for a month.
Later on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama will hold talks with military chiefs from more than 20 countries on how to combat IS in Syria and Iraq.
Correspondents say the meeting in Washington is the first time such high-ranking military officials from so many countries have come together since the US-led coalition was formed last month.
In a separate development, Turkish warplanes on Monday bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebel targets in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, causing “heavy casualties”, Turkish media report.
If confirmed, this would be the first major air raid by Turkey on the PKK since a ceasefire was reached in March in 2013.