Syrian army takes last militant bastion near Qusayr

Syrian army takes last militant bastion near Qusayr
Sat Jun 8, 2013 17:00:04

Syrian army has retaken control of last militant bastion near Qusayr, bringing its operation closer to a successful end in this region.

Government forces restored security in the village of Eastern Bweida on Saturday.

On Friday, Syrian troops managed to retake control of several villages near Qusayr in Homs province.

According to Syrian sources, the army pushed foreign-backed militants out of the central villages of Salhiyeh and Masoudiyeh, just north of Qusayr.

Scores of militants are reported to have been killed in the clashes.

The latest series of military successes come a day after government forces recaptured the nearby village of al-Daba’a and retook control of a border crossing in the Golan Heights.

Syrian troops established control over the key city of al-Qusayr on Wednesday following weeks of heavy clashes with militants.

Qusayr, which lies 10km from the Lebanese border, was a major supply route for militants who have been conducting a war on Syria since March 2011.

The Syrian Army is now in control of most of the towns and villages near the border with Lebanon.

There have been reports of heavy clashes between government forces and militants in Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, Deir Ezzor and several Damascus suburbs.

According to Syria's official news agency SANA, Saudi and Yemeni nationals were among those killed in Latakia clashes.

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