Turkey-backed Syr­ian rebels lose 15 in bat­tles with IS

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ANKARA, TURKEY >> Fight­ing in north­ern Syria be­tween Turkey­backed Syr­ian rebels and Is­lamic State mil­i­tants killed at least 15 rebels as the op­po­si­tion pressed to­ward a town of sym­bolic im­por­tance for the ex­trem­ists, an ac­tivist group and Turk­ish of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment con­tin­ued to strike be­sieged, rebel-held parts of east­ern Aleppo, hit­ting the area’s largest hospi­tal, ac­cord­ing to ac­tivists. A mon­i­tor­ing group said more than 400 civil­ians have been killed in and around Aleppo since the col­lapse of a U.S. and Rus­sian-bro­kered cease-fire two weeks ago, mainly in the rebel-held east.

In cen­tral Syria, mean­while, two sui­cide bombers struck the city of Hama close to an of­fice of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s Baath party, killing three peo­ple and wound­ing at least 11, state news agency SANA said. IS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity in an on­line state­ment.

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