The Syrian army is moving into towns and villages in the country's north-east, and possibly into a confrontation with Turkish-led troops.

As both sides close in, a number of Australian women held in detention camps in the region are pleading for help to get out.

They're being held because they're relatives of Islamic State members, and Syrian government troops are expected to show them little sympathy.

Middle East correspondent Eric Tlozek reports from the Turkey-Syria border.

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