Middle East

Fear and loathing descending on Latakia

Residence buildings look by the Mediterranean coastline of the Latakia governorate, Syria, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Syrian rebels pressed their offensive deeper into the coastal heartland of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect on Wednesday, battling government troops backed by warplanes for control of at least two villages in the heavily wooded and mountainous terrain, activists said. Rebels were battling government troops in the Latakia villages of Qastal Maaf and Nabaain, activists said. (

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 31, 2014, on page 8.




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