(FILES) This file photo taken on September 28, 2017 shows members of the Syrian Democratic Forces firing their arms during a battle against Daesh in Raqqa, Syria. / AFP / BULENT KILIC
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Government forces battled with rebels and al-Qaeda militants on two fronts in Syria Sunday as the country prepared to close out another violent year since the country descended into civil war in 2011 .Twenty-one soldiers and 26 rebels and al-Qaeda fighters were killed in two days of clashes, according to the Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman.Rebels first attacked the installation seven weeks ago. The U.N. says government forces are holding 400,000 people under siege in eastern Ghouta.
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