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The Syrian government sent more military reinforcements to the outskirts of rebel-held Idlib province Monday, ahead of an offensive expected in the next few days against militants there, activists said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the regime had sent reinforcements to areas surrounding Idlib, including the outskirts of Hama, the Al-Ghab plains and the Latakia countryside.Dureid Hajj Hammoud, a local media activist in Jisr al-Shughur, told The Daily Star civilians were terrified that the regime and allied militias would soon advance on the area.Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson Kino Gabriel said there was "no truth to the rumors" that the Kurdish forces had agreed to coordinate with the Syrian government in the event of an offensive in Idlib.Its exact numbers are unknown, but a U.N. report released Monday said that between 20,000 and 30,000 Daesh militants remain in Iraq and Syria.
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