Syrian government forces patrol in the village of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled city of Aleppo following an attack as they continue to battle ISIS militants on April 11, 2016. / AFP / George Ourfalian
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Over 100 troops, pro-government militia, extremists and rebels have been killed in four days of fierce fighting on a strategic front of Syria's Aleppo province, activists said Wednesday.Since Sunday, fighting around Al-Eis and Khan Touman in Aleppo's southern belt has killed 61 rebels and members of Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and 50 troops and pro-government militia, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Government troops are trying to recapture Al-Eis, held by Nusra and rebel allies, which in turn have launched an offensive to take over nearby Khan Touman from the government.Washington voiced concern Monday that a government assault on Nusra in Aleppo could spread to more moderate factions, and cause the truce to collapse and derail the peace efforts.
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