Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion walk towards their positions in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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The Syrian army and allied militias have regained control over several northwestern villages from insurgents on a plain crucial for defending costal areas that Damascus holds, an activist group monitoring the war said Saturday.The Syrian air force pounded the area more than 270 times in four days, the Observatory said, and by Saturday government forces had retaken several villages and areas located inside the plain.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad alluded to military setbacks last Sunday when he said the army had been forced to give up some areas in order to hold onto more important ones during the four-year conflict.
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