June 1, 2015 15:49 IST

Syria Rebels take Idlib province as Army Retreats

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A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front climbs on a pole to hang the Nusra flag as others celebrate around a central square in the northwestern city of Ariha Credit: Reuters
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Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib province Credit: Reuters
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Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front gather before moving towards their positions during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Arih Credit: Reuters
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A rebel fighter rests along a trench at the frontline where the rebel fighters announced the start of an offensive to take control of Ariha town from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib province Credit: Reuters
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A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carries his weapon as he squats in the town of the northwestern city of Ariha Credit: Reuters
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Rebel fighters gesture after they said they took control of Tel Mastouma, which overlooks the Mastouma military base, south of the city of Idlib Credit: Reuters