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Syrian forces take full control of the rebel bastion Yabroud

Syrian forces take full control of the rebel bastion Yabroud
 
Damaged buildings at Yabroud town at the Damascus countryside, 16 March 2014. Reuters/Sana

The Syrian military’s recapture of Yabroud - the last rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border – has dealt the opposition a heavy strategic and symbolic blow. The town had been a rebel bastion since early in the Syrian uprising that began in March 2011. It also sits along a critical route for weapons for the rebels, pro-Assad militias, and Hezbollah. Fleeing Syrian rebels are now trying to reach hide-outs along the nearby Lebanese border. Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, comments on the rebels’ position.


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