Free Syrian Army fighters sit together near a truck carrying an anti-aircraft weapon in Tal Al Nasiriyah in Hama province February 5, 2014. Picture taken February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mouaz Alomar
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Islamist fighters battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces seized control of an Alawite village in the central province of Hama on Sunday, part of an offensive to try to cut off supply routes from Damascus to the north of the country.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the Islamists killed 25 people in the village of Maan, mainly from a pro-Assad National Defence Force militia. Rebels fighting to overthrow Assad are overwhelmingly from the country's Sunni Muslim majority, backed by Islamist and jihadi fighters from across the Islamic world.More than 130,000 people, including civilians, rebel fighters and Assad's forces, have been killed in nearly three years of conflict.
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