Syria beats back rebels near border

Surge pushes anti-government forces out of coastal refuge

Posted: June 16, 2014 at 3:28 a.m.

Syrians inspect the rubble of houses that were destroyed by airstrikes from the Syrian government Sunday in Idlib province, northern Syria.

Government forces flushed opposition fighters from their last redoubts in northwestern Syria near the Turkish frontier Sunday, capturing two villages and restoring government control over the border crossing, activists and state media said.

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