Syrian army reportedly seizes third town along key north-south highway

December 10, 2013 11:33 AM

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Syrian army reportedly seizes third town along key north-south highway

BEIRUT – Syrian government forces have regained control of a strategic town along the nation’s major north-south highway, state media reported Monday, as troops advanced in a sweeping offensive designed to secure the route and sever opposition supply lines from nearby Lebanon.

The dangerous highway is expected to be used as a corridor for the transport of Syria’s toxic stockpiles as part of a United Nations-backed plan to rid the country of its chemical armaments.

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