Free Syrian Army fighters stand as a fellow fighter holds a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) along a street in the southern countryside of Idlib May 25, 2014. Picture taken May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A State Department official Tuesday denied a newspaper report claiming that the White House had "lifted its veto" on deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, or MANPADS, to Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad.Nusra staged four suicide bomb attacks on army positions Sunday, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib province from the coast.The air force also struck the area, killing two rebels and wounding another 15, it added.The Observatory said Tuesday warplanes carried out 10 airstrikes against Mliha, southeast of Damascus, following reports in pro-regime media that the army was on the verge of seizing the area, while pro-opposition outlets have said rebel groups were repelling attacks by government forces and paramilitaries.
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