15 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels killed in fighting with IS

ANKARA, Turkey - Fighting in northern Syria between Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and Islamic State militants killed at least 15 rebels as the opposition tried to push toward a town of symbolic importance for the extremists, an activist group and Turkish officials said Monday.

In central Syria, meanwhile, two suicide bombers struck in the city of Hama near an office of President Bashar Assad's Baath party, killing two people and wounding at least 12, state news agency SANA said.

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