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Nusra Front, Islamic State clash in Syria's Hama province

Nusra Front, Islamic State clash in Syria's Hama provinceIslamic State took control of some Syrian villages in a rebel-controlled area east of Hama on Monday, opening a new frontline days after the Syrian military said it had cleared Islamic State from a nearby area. Islamic State said in a statement it had taken control of 12 villages and carried out a big attack on the jihadist alliance Tahrir al-Sham. Tahrir al-Sham, spearheaded by al Qaeda’s former affiliate the Nusra Front, said in its own statement that Islamic State had stormed several villages and accused the Syrian army of allowing it to cross government territory.



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Syria's more confident Assad gives Eid prayers in Hama

Syria's more confident Assad gives Eid prayers in HamaSyrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered prayers for Islam’s Eid al-Fitr holiday in Hama on Sunday, the furthest he has traveled inside Syria in years, showing his growing confidence. State television broadcast footage of Assad standing to pray in a large mosque in Hama behind its imam, with other clerics standing alongside and a large crowd of worshippers. State news agency SANA quoted the preacher as saying that Assad’s presence in the city for Eid showed that victory and the return of security were only “a few steps” away.



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Syrian army regains key town in north Hama province

Syrian army regains key town in north Hama provinceThe Syrian army regained the strategic town of Soran near the city of Hama in the central part of western Syria on Sunday with an assault backed by heavy Russian air strikes, rebels and residents said. “There was hysterical bombing that targeted the town and the whole area and rebels fought fierce battles until they were forced to pull out,” said one rebel, a member of the Jaish al Izza group, which has a strong presence in Hama province who requested anonymity. The stronghold of Soran is the army’s northern gateway to the city of Hama, the provincial capital.



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