Rebel fighters prepare their weapons before heading to the frontline of Idlib city in northern Syria March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and Islamist factions launched a multi-front offensive Tuesday against the regime-held northwestern city of Idlib, a monitor and activists said.State television also reported fighting around the city, saying regime forces had killed a number of opposition fighters.The new coalition, which calls itself "The Army of Conquest", warned of its impending assault on Idlib city and told civilians to remain in their homes.More than 215,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country's conflict began with peaceful anti-government demonstrations in March 2011 .
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