Fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria prepare themselves ahead of what they said was an offensive against ISIS militants to take control of Tishrin dam, south of Kobani, Syria December 26, 2015. (REUTERS/Rodi Said)
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Government forces seized a military base from rebels in southern Syria on Tuesday and were locked in heavy fighting in a nearby opposition stronghold, activists and state media said.Government troops captured the Brigade 82 base outside Sheikh Miskeen in Deraa province and were clashing with rebels inside the town, state news agency SANA said. The Britain-based monitoring group said government forces seized the base a day after taking the northern part of the town.It also lies about 12 kilometers (seven miles) from the rebel stronghold of Nawa, another key target for government forces.
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