Free Syrian Army fighters stand on a tank at the Armenian Christian town of Kasab March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Syrian government forces backed by militia fighters and warplanes pounded rebel units in Latakia province on Monday in a desperate effort to regain control of towns and villages in President Bashar Assad's ancestral homeland recently lost to an opposition offensive.Syria's information minister lashed out at Turkey, accusing Ankara of sending foreign fighters across the border to fight Syrian government troops in Latakia.Hostilities have flared along the Syrian-Turkey border on several occasions during the 3-year-old conflict and last week Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet, saying it violated its airspace. More than 128 rebel fighters were also killed in the 10-day battle for Latakia, the Observatory said.
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