Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carry their weapons as they walk along a street in the town of Morek after regaining control of the area October 24, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian
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Members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other Syrian rebel factions launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints, police headquarters, and the governor's office in northwestern Syria on Monday, triggering hours-long clashes that left 35 troops and rebels dead.The city, which is in Syrian government hands, is the local capital of Idlib province. Monday's attacks were the most serious there since Syrian rebels took control of scores of villages and towns around it more than two years ago.It said four Nusra Front members blew themselves up inside the city, targeting checkpoints there and causing casualties among the troops.The buildings were retaken later by government troops.Syrian state TV said government forces repelled the attack on Idlib and that a "large number of terrorists" were killed.
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