File - Rebel fighters take up positions behind sandbags at Karm al-Tarab frontline in Aleppo July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib
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Syrian President Bashar Assad marked the country's Army Day national holiday Friday by pledging there would be no let-up in his regime's battle with "terror," after a month in which his military's casualties marked a sharp jump.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime group based in Britain, said that out of 5,340 total casualties during July, the highest-ever level – 38 percent – were in the ranks of regime troops and paramilitaries.The Sham News Network added that rebels in Qalamoun had managed to capture a regime vehicle and disable a tank in fighting in the region.At least five rebels were killed in the clashes, the Observatory said.In the Damascus neighborhood of Jobar, pro-opposition media said a coalition of Islamist rebel groups killed up to 30 regime troops when they tried to storm the area.
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