Islamist insurgents take parts of Syria's Idlib city: fighters

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 28, 2015 6:23 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized major parts of Syria's city of Idlib for the first time since the conflict in the country began, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Idlib, a city of 100,000 people, is close to the main strategic highway linking Damascus to Aleppo and is also close to the coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny, editing by David Evans)