Opposition fighters head towards the frontline near the village of Al-Khuwayn during ongoing battles with government forces in Syria's Idlib province on January 13, 2018. / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Syrian troops have recaptured dozens of towns and villages from extremists, an activist group said Sunday, bringing them closer to a key military airport in the country's northwest.Russia-backed regime troops are aiming to reach the Abu Duhur base as part of a weeks-long assault against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.The offensive has seen Syrian forces seize surrounding territory in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama as they close in on Abu Duhur, which lies just inside the Idlib province.With the latest push in Aleppo province, Abdel Rahman said, army troops were seeking to open a new front on the airport's northern and eastern flanks.
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