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Continued: Syrian troops capture key neighborhood in embattled city of Homs in another setback to rebels

  • Article by: ALBERT AJI , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 29, 2013 - 2:20 PM

Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman said regime forces have captured most of the neighborhood apart from some fighting on its southern areas.

In the northern city of Aleppo, several rebel factions including the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, attacked army posts in two neighborhoods in a an offensive titled "amputating infidels," the Observatory said.

It said rebels captured the neighborhood of Dahret Abed Rabbo and several buildings in Lairamoun there, and that eight government soldiers were killed.

Rebels have been on the offensive in Aleppo province and last week captured the strategic town of Khan el-Assal. Activists and state media said score of troops were killed there after their capture. The Western-backed Syrian National Council condemned the killings.

In the southern region of Quneitra, on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, government troops captured the town of Mashara on Sunday night after intense fighting, the Observatory said.

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Mroue reported from Beirut. Associated Press writers Barbara Surk in Beirut and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.

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