50 dead in battle in Assad home province: Syria monitor

March 12, 2015 12:02 PM

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More than 50 regime soldiers and Islamist fighters were killed as they battled over a strategic hilltop in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's home province, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

Government forces clashed with Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants backed by other armed Islamist groups in a village in Latakia province in the northwest.

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