A general view shows a besieged hospital, the last remaining Syrian army foothold in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, in the province of Idlib May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Stung by recent losses, the Syrian regime is making a concerted push to reach besieged forces trapped in the rebel-held town of Jisr al-Shughur, hoping to give supporters a much-needed morale boost.In the past few days, army troops have launched a major counteroffensive in a bid to reach the besieged group but also potentially to retake the town, which lies near the Turkish border as well as the regime stronghold of Latakia province.The Observatory said some 150 regime forces and another 100 civilians and government bureaucrats are inside.But a Syrian security source said 120 special forces troops were in the complex, including a colonel, adding that the troops had barricaded themselves in after refusing orders to evacuate.Still, Abu Abdullah – whose think tank is close to the government – cautioned that the regime setbacks and even the encirclement of forces in Jisr al-Shughur were not irreversible.
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