President Bashar al-Assad addresses his supporters at a school in an undisclosed location during an event to commemorate Syria's Martyrs' Day May 6, 2015 in this handout provided by SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters
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Government troops withdrew from the northern city of Idlib after it fell to opposition fighters in late March, followed by the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughur and the Qarmid military base last week.Regime forces were also defending the Kweiris air base in rural Aleppo, and the military airport in Deir al-Zor to the east, against renewed attacks by ISIS jihadis.The Observatory said at least four ISIS fighters and 10 regime troops were killed Thursday in Deir al-Zor, while pro-opposition outlets said an army general was among them.Fighting has also flared up on the edge of the Druze-majority province of Swaida, where the Observatory said regime troops killed at least 13 rebel fighters in an ambush in the northeast part of the province.
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