A rebel fighter stands inside a damaged room near the frontline against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in Aleppo January 8, 2015. (REUTERS/Jalal Al-Mamo)
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Syria's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and other Sunni militants fought during the night to capture two Shiite villages in the country's north but were repelled, activists on both sides of the war said Friday.The militants, who used tanks, were pushed back from both areas by the National Defense Force, a grouping of loyalist militias under the umbrella of the army, it said.Pro-government activists published photos on social media that they said showed the bodies of Nusra Front fighters in a ditch near the villages. In Syria, insurgents have besieged 26,500 people and the government has besieged 185,500 people, the U.N. says.
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