Syrian army recaptures major highway and northern town

Syrian tanks

Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The Syrian army has made more gains in its fight
against foreign-backed militants operating inside the country establishing full control
over the town of al-Nabek. Units of the armed forces on Monday took the town after
a series of successful operations, an unnamed military source told official SANA news
agency.

The town was captured after government forces seized a key highway near it, which
passes through the strategic region of Qalamoun. The highway is extremely valuable
to both sides of the battle because it serves as an important link between Damascus
and the country’s north.

The latest gain paves the way for the start of overland shipment of Syria’s chemical
weapons to a Mediterranean port for destruction abroad.

The crisis in Syria has created an obstacle for the implementation of an agreement
between Damascus and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) to remove chemical weapons from Syria.

On September 14, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal under which Syria
would have its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not carry out
planned strikes on the Arab country.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces
accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack
on militant strongholds in the suburbs of the capital Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusation, saying the attack was carried out
by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

Source: Press TV

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