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A picture taken from the hill village of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows flames and smoke ascending from alleged shelling by Syrian government forces on Islamic State group's positions near the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab on October 6, 2015. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the hill village of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows flames and smoke ascending from alleged shelling by Syrian government forces on Islamic State group's positions near the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab on October 6, 2015. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)
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ISIS fighters seized a string of Syrian villages from rival insurgents north of Aleppo on Friday. The successful surprise attack came despite intensive Russian airstrikes that Moscow says are targeting militants.

Meanwhile, Iranian state media reported that a senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed by the Islamic State group near Aleppo.

Here & Now's conversations about Syria and Russia's intervention continue with Lina Sinjab, a BBC correspondent in Beirut who has been speaking with people in Syria's capital, Damascus.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

  • Lina Sinjab, Middle East correspondent for the BBC, based in Beirut. She tweets @bbclinasinjab.

This segment aired on October 9, 2015.

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