Front line Stalemate: Govt loses hundreds of troops

Syrian government forces backed by Russian military have not been able to break the opposition's defensive positions after weeks of fighting.

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    War monitoring groups say more than 700 government troops have been killed since late April. Syria's government is understood to have lost hundreds of troops in a three-month battle in the northwest.

    The rebels are putting up a fight, but the absence of Iranian-backed troops and challenges faced on other fronts have played a role in drawing out the conflict.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut.


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