Syrian pro-government forces retake key town in Latakia province -state TV, monitor
Syrian army personnel fire a cannon in Latakia province, about 12 from the border with Turkey in Syria - AP

BEIRUT: Syrian pro-government forces recaptured the rebel-held town of Rabiya in the western coastal province of Latakia on Sunday, Syrian state television and a Britain-based monitoring group said.

The advance, with the backing of Russian air strikes and directed partly by Russian officers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It paved the way for a push by pro-government forces right up to the Turkish border, it said.

Moscow intervened in Syria’s civil war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in September.

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