Islamist fighters control Syrian city of Idlib: monitor

BEIRUT: Islamist groups including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front have seized the Syrian city of Idlib for the first time since the conflict in the country began, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday.

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By taking Idlib, the capital of a northwestern province of the same name, the insurgents now control a second province after Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State group and target of U.S.-led air strikes.

Syrian officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Residents fearing air strikes by the forces of Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, are fleeing the city after rebels took control of the area.

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