Syrian Army Takes Villages near Qusayr

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Syrian troops captured three villages in the strategic Qusayr area of Homs province on Monday, allowing them to cut supply lines to rebels inside Qusayr town, a military officer told Agence France Presse.

"The attack on the villages of Western Dumayna, Haidariyeh and Esh al-Warwar began this morning," the lieutenant colonel said on condition of anonymity.

"The fighting lasted for three hours until we established control over these villages, which are considered strategic because they lie on the road between the cities of Homs and Qusayr and will allow us to block supplies to the militants in Qusayr," he said.

Western Dumayna is some eight kilometers (five miles) north of the rebel-held town of Qusayr, which has been at the center of fierce battles between opposition forces and the Syrian military, backed by Hizbullah.

Last week, activists said the town of Qusayr was surrounded by regime forces on three sides and that some 25,000 residents were still inside.

A military source on Friday said leaflets were dropped over the town warning residents to leave, but activists denied the claim and said there was no safe passage out.

On Monday, the daily Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Syrian regime, said the Syria military had halted operations in the area to allow civilians to leave safely.

But residents and activists around the town said they could still hear fighting and shelling in the vicinity.

The area has been a strategic boon to the rebels, who used it as a base from which to block the main road from Damascus to the coast, impeding military movement and supply chains.

It is also important because of its proximity to Lebanon.

The regime has made recapturing it a key objective. President Bashar Assad reportedly said last month that fighting in the area was the "main battle" his troops were waging.

Activists say regime forces there are backed by fighters from Hezbollah, as well as members of the National Defense Force, a pro-regime militia.

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Thumb jabal10452 13 May 2013, 17:07

I stopped watching as soon as I read what is was about. Pornography is not really my thing.

Thumb jabal10452 13 May 2013, 20:40

FT and Mowaten: I used the word pornography in this context as an allegory to grossly graphic and repulsive pictures. The Roar, spend more time reading English (not Naharnet English) and you might eventually run across the same allegory that I refer to.

Thumb jabal10452 13 May 2013, 22:02

FT, it was never my intent. I'm truly sorry about that.

Missing peace 13 May 2013, 17:39

you d like links to what your beloved syrian army do to civilians?
oh, no you d say they are fake...

Missing peace 13 May 2013, 17:43

i support the popular uprisal against this terrorist regime, and certainly not the islamists extremists like nusra or elqaeda unlike you who support hezbis and shabbihas and an army that prefers to shell its own citizens than fire a single bullet against israel, moron....

but your binary mind cannot comprehend that, too complex for your unique neurone to understand....

Missing peace 13 May 2013, 17:57


Missing peace 13 May 2013, 18:23

1/"-if you love the FSA and nusra, it doesnt mean other people must love the syrian army."
no it means that you always criticize FSA but never the syrian army s atrocities... meaning you agree... :) and i do not support alnusra but of course you want me to coz it suits your stupid M8 propaganda

2/"some pro-FSA videos are fake, some are genunine. in either way, i dont care because i dont support the syrian opposition because its leaders are wetern puppets and its army's top leaders and fighters are foreign mercenaries."
but you prefer syria being backed by another foreign country which is iran an islamic dictatorship... are the western countries so evil? then why would the majority of lebanese want to emigrate there if they were soooo evil but we never heard lebanese want to emigrate to iran...

Missing peace 13 May 2013, 18:23

3/"the above video is very real so no use denying it, peace, nor diverting the attention to another lame-o retort from you."
and i repeat there are also genuine videos showing the atrocities of the syrian army, why don t you never post the links if you were soooo objective and not a supporter of them?

Thumb cityboy 13 May 2013, 18:37

Flamethrower, when I watch clips like this, it reaffirms my stance of how grateful and proud of the hezbollah sponsored lebanese men that have gone into syria to help the syrians to eliminate such dispicable savages. I am glad that you have come to see that these lebanese men are infact true patriots and defenders of Lebanon and humanity as well.

Default-user-icon Pokatzy Vildangourd (Guest) 13 May 2013, 22:32

My compatriots of March 14 and Lebanon First in Limbo, don't be demoralized by this. The Syrian army took villages near Qusayr. But regardless of this insignificant gain, the "ASSad" regime is a few days away from collapsing as Wednesday is around the corner. Wednesday is the day GabbyMarch14 knows the regime collapses every week since April 2005. Hint to calculate the number of times it has collapsed: 52 Wednesdays x 7 (for 2006 through 2012) + number of weeks from April 2005 through December 2005 + number of weeks from January 2013 to date. I'm not sure if NostraBenzona had picked Wednesdays or left it up in the air, but the NostraDamuses are on the same wavelength, namely NostraGeha, NostraAllouchti, NostraGeagea and NostraSaadAlHaribiTelteynAlMarajil (the latter is also the head of La Cosa Nostra di Libano). Long live the Nostras and their al-Nusras, the International Brokers for the Installation of Democracy and Cohabitation Among Religions and Sects, obviously.