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Middle East Turkish-backed jihadists break ceasefire with attack on Syrian troops

SYRIA’S army was mere miles from surrounding a large pocket of rebel-occupied country today despite Turkish-backed jihadis breaking their ceasefire.

Idlib province is the biggest chunk of Syria still occupied by rebel groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s army.

The troops placed there have been in fierce fighting with al-Qaida affiliated Hayat Tahrir as-Sham (Hetesh) to retake the Abu ad-Duhur airbase today.

Isis, which still has hundreds of gunmen in the rapidly closing pocket, said it is also fighting alongside its erstwhile enemy Hetesh at the airbase.

The Turkish-backed, Chinese Uighur-separatist Turkistan Islamic Party extremist group sent reinforcements from internationally guaranteed ceasefire zones to aid Hetesh, attacking the western flank of the army advance.

But Syrian troops lured them into an ambush near the village of Atshan, reportedly killing dozens.


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