Mil­i­tants cap­ture vil­lages

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Mil­i­tants have cap­tured two vil­lages from Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces and their al­lies in the north­ern prov­ince of Aleppo af­ter days of heavy fight­ing that left scores of fight­ers dead. The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the four-day of­fen­sive by dif­fer­ent mil­i­tant groups, in­clud­ing the Al Qaida-af­fil­i­ated Nusra Front, killed 86 troops and pro-gov­ern­ment gun­men, in­clud­ing 25 mem­bers of Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah group. The Ob­ser­va­tory and the

Lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tees, both of which mon­i­tor the con­flict through net­works of lo­cal ac­tivists, say mil­i­tants now con­trol the vil­lages of Zei­tan and Khalsa, south of Aleppo city.

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