Government forces seize rebel stronghold near Syrian capital

May 19, 2016 10:09 AM

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BEIRUT – Activists say pro-government forces have penetrated an opposition bastion east of Damascus in a swift advance that threatens to disrupt a years-long stalemate around the Syrian capital.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Thursday that government forces, backed by airstrikes, ground-to-ground rockets and the allied Lebanese Hezbollah militia, seized a portion of the eastern Ghouta suburbs near Damascus airport, displacing hundreds of families...

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