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Islamist rebel alliance seizes northwest Syrian city
Islamist rebel alliance seizes northwest Syrian city

A loose alliance of Islamist rebel groups seized control of a northwest Syrian city on Saturday, officials said, opening a pathway into Syrian government strongholds on the Mediterranean Sea. The rebel factions overran the city of Jisr al-Shughur, 55 miles southwest of Aleppo, after a punishing four-day campaign against government forces that made use of suicide bombers, mortars and explosive devices. The operation, dubbed the Battle of Victory, was spearheaded by the Islamist alliance that calls itself the Army of Conquest and includes the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. Rebels uploaded images of smiling fighters flashing victory signs or stepping on tattered posters of Syrian...

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