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Syrian government forces and rebel groups fought fierce battles Sunday in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib with each side seizing territory as U.N. envoys continued their efforts to build support for "freezing" fighting in the former northern metropolis of Aleppo.In next-door Idlib province Sunday as the Aleppo battles raged, the Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate, and the Ahrar al-Sham militia spearheaded a sudden, two-pronged offensive against the Wadi Deif and Hamidieh military bases, killing at least 15 government troops, the Observatory said.A spokesman for the Ahrar al-Sham militia, one of the strongest in the north, said he estimated the Hamidieh post housed about 1,000 troops.At least one Free Syrian Army militia, Division 13, is also taking part in the battle, and claimed it had destroyed a regime tank with a TOW missile.The Islam Army's leader, Zahran Alloush, issued a public thanks to the Eastern Lions for sending reinforcements for the battle, which the Observatory said killed at least 13 fighters from both sides.
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