Rebel fighters pose carrying Ahrar Al-Sham (L), Free Syrian Army (C) and Nusra front (R) flags in Idlib city, after they took control of the area March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdallah
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Syria's opposition-in-exile vowed Sunday to launch efforts to turn the newly seized provincial capital of Idlib into its base of operations, in a bid to maintain the momentum generated by a five-day battle that resulted in a shockingly sudden regime withdrawal.The provisional government, which is affiliated with the Turkey-based National Coalition opposition umbrella group, issued a statement in which it promised to work with all rebel factions in a bid to finally relocate inside Syria, and thus meet a long-standing demand of opposition figures and groups inside the war-ravaged country.Idlib fell after a battle that cost just over 70 rebel lives, according to the "Army of Conquest" coalition of militias that announced the campaign last week.The leading groups are thought to be Nusra, whose militants used suicide truck bomb attacks to lead the battle last week, and the powerful Ahrar al-Sham militia, which is one of the few militias in Syria that enjoys a presence throughout the country.
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