A picture taken from the Isaeli-occupied Golan Heights shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab after it was reportedly bombed by a Syrian military helicopter on October 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JALAA MAREY
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Gen. Qasem Soleimani also believed to be in the country, the Syrian army is trying to drive rebels from western areas that are crucial to President Bashar Assad's survival, and has recaptured several towns in the provinces of Hama and Latakia.On the ground, however, the Syrian army is not making rapid gains.The town marks the western edge of the defensive line along which the rebels have stationed a dozen anti-tank missile launch platforms, said Ahmed al-Seoud, head of the 13th Division, a foreign-backed faction fighting under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army.Fares al-Bayoush, a former Syrian army colonel who heads the Fursan al-Haq group, also spoke of a battery of TOW missile platforms stretching east along the front line from Kafr Nabouda to the village of Maan.It will struggle to advance in the face of the Russian airstrikes and Syrian army assault, Abdel-Rahman said.Rebel fighters and weapons also arrived in the strategically important Sahl al-Ghab plain Monday, a rebel fighter in the area said.
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