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Syrian Troops Advance in Rebel-Held Region Near Capital

Syria's state media and activists say troops and allied militias have captured a number of villages and towns in a rebel-held region near the capital, in the largest advance since a wide-scale offensive began last month. Syria's Central Military Media says government forces captured at least six villages and towns along the edge of eastern Ghouta. Rebel groups launched a counteroffensive Sunday, sending fighters behind government lines in a series of attacks. The Syrian...

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