A picture taken on February 9, 2018 in the countryside of Idlib, where Syrian government forces are conducting a major offensive. (AFP / STRINGER)
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Daesh (Islamic State) fighters clashed with Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the jihadists to reach the region.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed Daesh fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib.Ali said his fighters were taking part in clashes against some 200 Daesh fighters who had arrived in southern Idlib early on Friday.A source in the Ahrar al-Sham faction said Daesh fighters had pushed into south Idlib from government territory.
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