This YouTube grab shows fighters on the outskirts of Ariha, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (The Islamic Front YouTube grab)
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The latest blow to the regime of President Bashar Assad came at the hands of the Army of Conquest rebel coalition, made up of seven groups and led by the Al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front and the powerful Ahrar al-Sham militia.The Observatory said the seven militias making up the Army of Conquest were battling regime troops, paramilitaries from the National Defense force, Hezbollah fighters and Iranian officers.The fall of Ariha comes on the heels of a string of regime setbacks in Idlib province: the provincial capital, the town of Jisr al-Shughur, military bases in Mastoumeh and al-Qarmid, and the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shughur, where defenders were holed up during a nearly one-month siege after the town fell.Gen. Wahib Haidar, with Maj Gen. Jihad Sultan, to address the recent setbacks.Thursday, two regime airplanes exploded at the T-4 air base in rural Homs province, killing at least five regime troops.
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