Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Al-Rahman legion run to avoid snipers on the frontline against the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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The Syrian air force bombarded a plain in the northwest of the country overnight, a group monitoring the war said, after insurgents launched an offensive to advance deeper into government-held areas vital to President Bashar al-Assad.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group which tracks the conflict using contacts on the ground, said Syrian warplanes had carried out more than 160 airstrikes on the plain and in the nearby Idlib countryside to try to disrupt the insurgents' progress towards key Assad territory.The military has concentrated on defending Syria's west, a tactic Assad alluded to Sunday when he said the army had been forced to give up some areas in order to hold onto more important ones during the four-year conflict.
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