Syrian troops, Hezbollah advance in mountain resort amid charges of demographic changes

August 5, 2015 12:58 PM

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BEIRUT – Syrian state media says government forces backed by members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group are advancing from different directions in the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon.

The ultraconservative Ahrar a-Sham insurgent group said Wednesday that it has stopped communicating with Iranian mediators after they insisted that fighters and residents leave the resort.

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