• Syria Army retakes famed Crusader castle

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    DAMASCUS: Syrian troops recaptured a famed Crusader castle from rebels on Thursday (Friday in Manila), marking a significant advance in their drive to seal off the Lebanese border and sever enemy supply lines. The army “raises the flag of the nation over the Krak des Chevaliers castle in Homs province, after crushing the terrorists who were holed up there,” state television said. Government forces entered the fort, held by the opposition since July 2011, after fierce clashes in the nearby village of Al-Hosn.

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