Syrian Troops Retake Strategic Town

    This Wednesday, April 24, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows two Syrian Army soldiers aiming their weapons, in Otaybah town, east of Damascus, Syria. After five weeks of battle, Syrian government troops captured a strategic town near Damascus, cutting an arms route for rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, state media and activists said Thursday. (AP Photo/SANA)


    Syrian government troops have retaken control of a key town along the main highway from Damascus to Jordan, an activist group said on Monday. The Syrian rebels have managed to make gains in the northern part of the country and on the road to the Jordanian border, but Syria’s capital, Damascus, still appears to be under the control of President Bashar al-Assad. The rebels were forced to withdraw from the town of Khirbet Ghazaleh on Sunday, and government troops reopened the highway. Meanwhile in Turkey, where forces loyal to Assad have been blamed for carrying twin car bombings in a border town, nine people were arrested in connection to Saturday’s attack. Officials said all those arrested were Turkish citizens, but have been backed by Assad’s intelligence services.


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