A general view shows damaged buildings in the town of Darat Azzah, west of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, following reported bombings by government forces on October 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AMC / FADI AL-HALABI
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Four Russian cruise missiles aimed at targets in Syria crashed in Iran, a U.S. official said Thursday, as regime troops backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah pressed a "vast offensive" against rebels in the war-torn country's west.Russia's air force hit 27 terrorist targets in central and northern Syria Wednesday night, the defense ministry said, including eight ISIS strongholds in Homs province and 11 training camps in Hama and Raqa provinces.The Russian air war has provided cover for Assad's ground troops, who have lost swathes of the north, east and south of the country to jihadists and rebel groups since the conflict erupted in 2011 .A Syrian military source said Thursday the Russian strikes had helped regime forces take back territory in an area that has been the focus of a months-long offensive by a rebel alliance, including Al-Nusra. State TV said the army had targeted terrorist positions in the central province of Hama, killing 32 militants and destroying four armoured vehicles, while Russian and Syrian warplanes also hit Al-Nusra positions in Latakia province.
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