Syrian army takes town outside Damascus

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Syrian army takes town outside DamascusBEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces backed by Lebanon’ Hezbollah took almost full control a town just outside Damascus from Islamist rebels on , a pro-opposition monitoring group said, a blow to the rebels who had held it for more than a year.

Syrian state television also reported big progress for government forces the town Mleiha, which lies on the edge the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus airport and has been surrounded by President Bashar al-Assad’ forces.

Mleiha, about 7 km (4 miles) from the heart Damascus, has formed a base for rebel fighters who have used it as a position from which to bombard the capital with mortars. [eap_ad_2] “Units from the army and the armed forces continue operations Mleiha … and are achieving qualitative progress, and liquidating a large number terrorists and pursuing what is left them farms of the town,” state TV said in a scrolling headline.

There was no way to independently confirm the report.Government forces have pushed back the rebels around Damascus with help from Hezbollah, and consolidated Assad’ grip central Syria and along the border with Lebanon.[eap_ad_3]