Syrian opposition forces regain strategic town of Saraqib: Officials

A Syrian Army soldier stands guard next to a street sign reading "Saraqeb" in Tall Sultan town, in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on February 5, 2020. (AFP)

Syrian opposition fighters backed by the Turkish military have recaptured the strategic town of Saraqib, the first significant reverse for the Syrian army in a Russian-backed offensive that had made swift gains, the rebels said on Thursday.

Three weeks ago, the armed opposition lost the northwestern town situated at the junction of two main highways, following advances by the Syrian army in its bid to retake the last large rebel-held region in Syria after nine years of war.

Nearly a million Syrians have been displaced by the latest fighting.

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