Syrian army steps up bid to regain town, rescue besieged troops

AMMAN/BEIRUT - Syrian troops backed by heavy air strikes have edged closer to a hospital in northwestern Syria where dozens of Syrian soldiers and loyalist fighters have been holed up for the past two weeks, the army said on Sunday.
An army source told Reuters that its troops were now several kilometers away from the besieged hospital, the last remaining army foothold in the town of Jisr al-Shughour in the province of Idlib.
The town was overrun last month by insurgents, including al-Qaida's wing in Syria, Nusra Front. President Bashar Assad said on Thursday troops would head to the hospital on the outskirts of the town.
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