A rebel fighter from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades fires artillery during clashes with Syrian pro-government forces near the village of Om al-Krameel, in Aleppo's southern countryside on May 5, 2016. / AFP / Omar haj kadour
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Thirteen Iranian soldiers were killed in a battle with Islamist militants over a village near the Syrian city of Aleppo, Tehran said Saturday, in one of Iran's biggest single-day losses since it sent forces to support President Bashar Assad.Iran's Fars news agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards official as saying that 13 Iranian military advisers had been killed and 21 wounded.Iranian proxies, including Afghans and Iraqis as well as Lebanese, have been involved in Syria from as early as 2012 .Iran has been particularly involved in campaigns around Aleppo in northwest Syria, which was the country's commercial and industrial center before the war and is now divided between government and rebel forces.
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