Almost 100000 displaced by fighting in northwest Syria's Idlib since December 1

Turkish army tank stands in Esme village in Aleppo province Syria

Turkish army tank stands in Esme village in Aleppo province Syria

If it is recaptured, the airport will be "the first military base in the hands of the regime in Idlib province", said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman. FSA rebels and the Nusra Front had been reported to have been fighting. The Syrian army, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, began an offensive in late October in Hama province.

The regime's goal is to retake the southeast of the province in order to secure a route between Damascus and second city Aleppo, both under its control, according to the Observatory.

Syrian troops and allied forces absorbed the attack and regained control of some positions they had withdrawn from, it said. A Syrian military source denied this and dismissed rebel talk of a counter attack as propaganda.

Several militant groups, including Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, launched an attack Thursday against military forces advancing toward the strategic Abu Dhuhur air base in the northwestern province and captured several villages.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster added: "This is clearly a hard time for not only James but for Cathy, his wife and his children". Bradley was previously Culture Secretary and was given her new role as part of Theresa May's government reshuffle.

Idlib province is nearly entirely held by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist outfit dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate.

Now, an intense military showdown is taking place in the countryside of Idlib and Hama, a military source told Xinhua, adding that it is hard for the rebels to capture over 120 towns taken by the army in both Hama and Idlib since the Syrian army unleashed their attack in both countrysides two weeks ago.

The ministry concluded by saying that France, whose people have suffered from the terrorism, should have its diplomats take clear stances regarding terrorism.

Almost 100,000 people have been displaced since early December by fighting in northwestern Syria, where the regime is waging an offensive against jihadis, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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