Pro-regime soldiers are seen marching on a road in the village of Kasab, in the northwestern province of Latakia, on March 27, 2014.(AFP PHOTO/STR)
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Syrian army troops recaptured on Monday a key position in coastal Latakia province, a regime bastion, state television said, as rebels press a campaign in the region.Rebel forces, including jihadists from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, have also captured the Armenian town of Kasab and the nearby Kasab border crossing with Turkey, as well as the village of Samra, giving them access to the Mediterranean for the first time.More than 300 people on both sides have been killed since the rebels launched their offensive, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.After a series of rebel losses in Damascus province, the opposition has shifted its focus to Latakia, where the army and pro-regime militias have rallied to defend the area.In the past 10 days, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been locked in battle with fellow jihadists from Al-Nusra Front in the northeastern province of Hasakeh.Syria's conflict in now in its fourth year, and more than 146,000 people have been killed since it began.
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