Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

October 8, 2015 10:47 AM

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Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT Syrian troops and allied militia backed by Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebels forces on Thursday as the government extended a major offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country.

Rebel advances in western Syria earlier this year had threatened the coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad's control of the area and prompted Russia's intervention on his side last week.

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