Smoke rises following an explosion in Syria's Quneitra province as Syrian rebels clashed with President Bashar Assad’s forces, seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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The Syrian army and allied militias launched an offensive in the Golan Heights Thursday, in what rebels said was part of a major assault to regain ground in southern Syria the government had lost over the last three years.The army said the village was captured, but rebels in the area said heavy fighting continued.Under cover of rain and fog, government troops pushed towards the strategic town of Hamdanieh, in the Syrian Golan Heights, which they lost two years ago, according to residents and rebels. The army was mostly relying on ground troops and heavy artillery bombardments, said a member of another rebel group, Seif al Sham.
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