BEIRUT - The Syrian army entered eastern districts of the town of Yabroud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, on Saturday and tightened its grip on the remaining rebels there from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
Soldiers advanced inside Yabroud and "eliminated terrorist strongholds", said a reporter on Syrian state television SANA who was broadcasting live from the town's outskirts.
He said the army had taken control of hills and mountaintops southeast of Yabroud, gaining a strategically advantageous position.
A military source confirmed to Reuters that the army had taken a series of peaks and said it had "fastened pincers around Yabroud." (Reuters)