Prime Minister Tammam Salam holds talks with Ali Akbar Velayati, an advisor to Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, at the Grand Serail on Monday, May 18, 2015. (The Daily Star, Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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Iran is proud of Hezbollah's achievements in Syria's Qalamoun, a visiting senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Monday, as the party's fighters and Syrian troops made further advances near Lebanon's border.Hezbollah and the Syrian Army pushed further into Qalamoun Monday, killing 10 jihadi militants and wounding 20 others, according to Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV.The militant casualties came after Hezbollah and the Syrian Army targeted positions on the outskirts of the Syrian village of Flita.The Syrian Army and its Lebanese allies reached the area of Birkat al-Fakhte, the station reported, on the eastern outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, and to the west of Flita. If Hezbollah and the Syrian Army capture the area and advance further north, jihadi militants may have no other option but to retreat toward the outskirts of Arsal, according to Al-Manar.Capturing Flita's outskirts will also allow Hezbollah and Syrian forces to link up with other units on the outskirts of the Syrian village of Ras al-Maara, who were engaged in pitched battles with militants Friday.
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