In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, smoke rises after shelling by Syrian army in Jobar, Damascus, Syria. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP) RUSSIA OUT
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Russian airstrikes in Syria's Latakia province killed a top rebel commander from a group armed by President Bashar Assad's foreign enemies, an activist group said Tuesday, in addition to 59 others.Some FSA groups have received support including military training by the Central Intelligence Agency.These groups, often led by officers who defected from the Syrian army after the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted in 2011, have been widely eclipsed by extremist groups such as the Nusra Front and ISIS.The Syrian army backed by fighters from Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah have launched a series of ground offensives against insurgent-held areas of western and northwestern Syria since Russia began airstrikes in the country on Sept. 30 .
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