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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Scores dead in heavy fighting in southern Syria

BEIRUT: Intense clashes in southern Syria have killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, an activist group monitoring Syria's war said Sunday, forecasting even fiercer violence as the weather clears.
Syria's army and allied combatants from Hezbollah launched a large-scale offensive in the region last week against insurgent groups including Al-Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and non-jihadi rebels.
The battle is significant because it is one of the last areas where mainstream rebels opposing President Bashar al-Assad have a foothold. Such groups have lost ground to hardline Islamist militants in the four-year conflict.
More than 50 rebels have been killed in the fighting....................
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