Syrian Insurgents Recapture Town in Aleppo Province from Army

Rebels from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front wave their brigade flag as they step on the top of a Syrian air force   helicopter after capturing Jan. 11, 2013 at Taftanaz air base in Idlib province, northern Syria on Jan. 11, 2013. (ENN/AP)
Rebels from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front wave their brigade flag as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter after capturing Jan. 11, 2013 at Taftanaz air base in Idlib province, northern Syria on Jan. 11, 2013. (ENN/AP)

BEIRUT -- Insurgents say they have seized a town in Syria's northern Aleppo province from troops and allied Shiite forces amid intense fighting.

A coalition of rebel groups and insurgents that includes the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front announced Saturday that it took back control of Tal Bajer in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo after losing it to Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen and Iranian forces two weeks ago.

The Nusra Front released drone footage that purports to show Iranian fighters fleeing from rebels advancing on the town with tanks.

Opposition forces have inflicted painful losses on Syrian troops and their allies in the area, successfully repelling their advances despite Russian airstrikes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that insurgents seized Tal Bajer.

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