A member of the Syrian regime forces fires towards rebel positions near the village of Sawwan, south of Khanasser, in the Aleppo governorate on November 19, 2017. AFP / George OURFALIAN
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Daesh (ISIS) militants have been driven out of Idlib province, two days after making an incursion into the region bordering Turkey, an activist group said Monday.The setback comes more than three years after Daesh was first expelled from the province in northwestern Syria after battles with rival Islamist militants and rebel groups.The Syrian army and Iranian-backed fighters backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push toward the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said.The Syrian army had lost the strategically located Idlib province to insurgents when the provincial capital fell to rebels in 2015 .
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