Al-Qaida’s Nusra advances in northern Syria


ISTANBUL: Islamist rebels led by al-Qaida’s affiliate, the Nusra Front, widened their hold Monday on Syria’s Idlib province, capturing another government base and pressing an offensive near Ariha, a town of 70,000 that has been primarily in government hands since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. The latest rebel advance came 48 hours after insurgents seized the strategic town of Jisr al Shughour, which controls the main overland supply route to the government’s military bases in Idlib province. A month ago, rebels captured the provincial capital, Idlib city.



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