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  2/27/2014, Adar 27, 5774

Syrian Army Kills More Than 170 Islamist Rebels

More than 170 Islamist rebel fighters, including Saudis, Qataris and Chechens, were killed Wednesday in a Syrian army ambush near Damascus, AFP reported, citing the state news agency SANA.

The attack, apparently the deadliest against the rebels for months, took place in Eastern Ghouta, a key rebel stronghold targeted in a chemical attack in August 2013 that killed hundreds of people.