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  • In this photo released on Sunday, April 13, 2014 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian government soldier takes his position during clashes with Syrian rebels, near the town of Rankous, Syria. The seizure of the villages comes a day after Syrian troops backed by fighters from Lebanon's Shiite militant Hezbollah group captured the nearby town of Rankous. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever tightening noose.

  • This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaking during a meeting with teachers and higher education students from Damascus University, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Assad said that there is a "turning point" in the crisis on the military front and with the continuous achievements of the army in the war against "terrorism." (AP Photo/SANA)

    Hezbollah-backed Bashar Assad says Syrian war turning in his favor

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Hezbollah has made a huge difference in fighting off the rebel forces battling his government, and the tide of the civil war that's raged nearly three years in the country seems to be turning in his favor.

  • Syrian troops capture town near Lebanon border

    Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters captured Wednesday the last major town in the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon after weeks of intense fighting, state media and activists said.

  • House bill aims to halt Hezbollah funding

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is hoping newly-crafted economic sanctions against the terrorist organization Hezbollah will put a dent in its ability to conduct operations.

  • A Lebanese man holds a part of an exploded rocket that hit a house in the predominately Shiite town of Labweh, near the border with Syria, northeast Lebanon, Monday March 17, 2014. Several rockets struck Labweh not far from the predominantly Sunni town of Arsal, causing damage to a house but no casualties. Residents in Labweh said the rockets were fired from Arsal raising tension between the two towns. Angry residents in Labweh closed the main road leading to Arsal with sand barriers preventing people from entering or leaving as about 20 armed Hezbollah manned the roadblocks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syrian troops capture village near Lebanon border

    Syrian troops pressed an offensive near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, capturing a village from rebels whose forces appear to be collapsing along a key central front, state media and activists said.

  • Syrian government forces ride a motorcycle around the main square after being deployed in Yabroud town, Syria, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seized a key rebel supply town on the Lebanese border on Sunday, driving them from the area and scoring a major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict. The fall of Yabroud immediately emboldened government forces to attack nearby rebel-held towns, pressing forward in what has been nearly a yearlong advance against rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. The Syrian revolutionary flag is seen painted at right. (AP Photo)

    Syrian army ousts rebels from border stronghold

    With rebels fleeing into neighboring Lebanon, Syrian government troops and Hezbollah fighters captured a strategic town near the frontier Sunday, ousting opposition fighters from their last stronghold in the vital border area.

  • Battle for Syrian rebel town erases Lebanon border

    Sunnis and Shiites from Lebanon are streaming into Syria to take up arms on opposite sides of a fierce battle over a rebel stronghold - a fight that has effectively erased the border between the two countries and underlined how Lebanon is being sucked into the civil war next door.

  • This picture taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens inspecting destroyed cars and buildings which were attacked by a Syrian government forces airstrike in the town of Kfar Takharim in the northwest province of Idlib, Syria. Government airstrikes hit residential buildings in the town of Kfar Tarakhim in the northwest province of Idlib on Saturday afternoon, according to the Idlib News group and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim)

    Syrian army advancing on rebel town near Lebanon

    Syrian government troops are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday.

  • Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk line up to receive food supplies in Damascus. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in the capital. (United Nations Relief and Works Agency via associated press)

    Proxy war between Iran, Saudi Arabia playing out in Syria

    Iranian support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad is producing a violent backlash against Tehran's interests in the Middle East and fueling a proxy war with Saudi Arabia that threatens to further destabilize the region.

  • Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade adjust their weapons during training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Israel takes risk with airstrike on Hezbollah

    Israel has opened a new front in its attempts to halt weapons smuggling to Hezbollah, striking one of the group's positions inside Lebanon for the first time since the sides fought a war eight years ago.

  • Israeli soldiers take a break at their position near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Hezbollah vows revenge for Israeli attack on its positions

    Hezbollah said Wednesday that Israeli's military carried out an airstrike in Lebanon near the Syrian border that caused substantial damage to its positions.

  • Sunni anger in Lebanon against army grows

    From radical preachers to irreverent taxi drivers, anger is spreading through Lebanon's Sunni community toward the country's military, adding a dangerous twist to Lebanon's instability, already shaken by relentless bombings.

  • Beirut suicide blasts cause panic, bitterness

    Two suicide bombers blew up their cars near an Iranian cultural center in Beirut on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding scores, including children in an orphanage, in the latest attack targeting Shiite areas in Lebanon.

  • A wounded Lebanese man is carried from the site of an explosion in a suburb of Beirut on Wednesday. A blast in a Shiite district in southern Beirut killed several people Wednesday, security officials said. Twin suicide bombings killed at least six people. (Associated press)

    Al Qaeda affiliate targets Hezbollah in Beirut

    Al Qaeda's franchise in Lebanon claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the capital, Beirut, on Wednesday, and said the attack was in response to the role of Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in the war in Syria.

  • US senators condemn blasts in Beirut

    Two visiting U.S. senators condemned a double suicide bombing that ripped through a Shiite stronghold of the Lebanese capital Wednesday, saying they were concerned about the spillover effects of Syria's civil war.

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