In this Saturday June 22, 2017 photo, lit by a flashlight, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters, walk towards the frontline battle against Islamic state group militants, in Raqqa, northeast Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Syrian militants linked to a former Al-Qaeda affiliate consolidated their grip over large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib Sunday after their main rival evacuated a major border crossing with Turkey, rebels and residents said.Witnesses said the departing militants, of the Ahrar al-Sham group, had moved a large convoy of heavy equipment and tanks and hundreds of its fighters away from the Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey and had headed to areas it controls further south in Idlib province and in the neighboring province of Hama. It was a rare advance for Damascus' forces in that area, which is close to territory controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated alliance separately fighting Daesh.It also brings government forces closer to Deir al-Zor province, another Daesh stronghold.President Bashar Assad's forces have surrounded the Eastern Ghouta region for more than four years, and regime forces have regularly targeted the area.
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