Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys

April 25, 2015 2:37 PM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict.

Syrian state media said the army had redeployed to the town's surroundings "to avoid civilian casualties". They said the army was battling "a large number of terrorists coming from the Turkish border."

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