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Activists: Syrian rebels retake northern town between Damascus, Aleppo

BEIRUT - Islamist rebels in Syria have retaken a town from President Bashar Assad's forces, activists said on Friday, in part of an offensive along a stretch of the main highway linking Damascus to the northern city of Aleppo.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels killed 18 soldiers and disabled two tanks in the fight for the northern town of Babolin.
The rebel assault coincided with a two-week-old offensive further west in the coastal province of Latakia, a heartland of Assad's minority Alawite sect, where fighters seeking to overthrow him have seized a border crossing and several villages.
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