Assad forces take significant territory from rebels near Damascus - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Syrian forces under President Bashar al-Assad took the key town of Deir
al-Asafir near Damascus back from rebels on Thursday.
Assad's efforts were supported by Lebanese Hezbollah militants,
according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
The government capture of the town has diminished the rebel's access to
Damascus' Eastern Ghouta suburb. [...] The capture of territory by government forces is one of the most
significant advances by Assad's regime in 2016, the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said."