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Syria rebels retake key town in western coastal province - monitor, rebels

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BEIRUT Insurgents seized a strategic town from Syrian government forces and their allies in the western coastal province of Latakia on Friday, a monitoring group and the rebels said, in a rare advance for them in the area. | Video

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Syrian rebels retake key town in western coastal province

Syrian rebels take a town from government forces in the province of Latakia, largely a government stronghold. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.