Syrian forces step up assault near Lebanon border: activists

February 12, 2014 9:14 AM

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Syrian forces step up assault near Lebanon border: activists

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's forces and allied Lebanese militia Hezbollah stepped up attacks on Syria's strategic border town of Yabroud on Wednesday, activists said, in apparent preparation for a new offensive to flush out rebels.

The assault is the latest step in Assad and Hezbollah's campaign to secure the Lebanese-Syrian border region and fortify the president's hold on central Syria, from the capital Damascus to his stronghold on the coast.

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