Syrian government struggles to make gains in Idlib

Syrian government forces and their allies are now defending their territory against a fierce counteroffensive by rebel factions.

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    It has been described as the Idlib offensive. But Syrian government forces leading the campaign against rebels in the northwest are now on the defensive.

    More than 120 soldiers and fighters have died in heavy fighting over the last 48 hours in northern Hama Province.

    And President Bashar al-Assad's forces are finding it hard to make substantial gains.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from neighbouring Lebanon.


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