This picture released by Aamaq Agency, shows ISIS fighters during clashes in Qaryatain. (Aamaq Agency)
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U.S. President Barack Obama believes Bashar Assad's backers in Moscow and Tehran may see the writing is on the wall for the Syrian regime, offering rare hope for a resolution to a bloody civil war.Speaking to columnists in the White House Wednesday to sell his nuclear deal with Iran, Obama also offered a glimmer of optimism about the dire situation in Syria, where Friday in the central Syria province of Homs ISIS militants captured dozens of Christian families. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped or detained, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the strategically located town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army. The Syrian army has launched a large-scale counteroffensive to recapture the city, which lies in a region where some of Syria's largest gas fields are located, but so far has made no significance advances.
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