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Fierce fighting raged between rebels and government forces for control of the airport in the northern city of Aleppo, a strategic target for both sides.
Syria's state news agency says "armed terrorist groups" - regime shorthand for the rebels - had been pushed from both sides of the airport by government troops.
It was the first official acknowledgement combat had neared a strategic gateway to the country's largest city.
Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.