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Syrian warplanes pounded the rebel-held town of Yabroud near the Lebanese border Wednesday, the last rebel stronghold in Syria's mountainous Qalamoun region.Backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters, the Syrian army has been on a crushing offensive there since early December in a campaign to secure the Lebanese-Syrian border region and fortify the president's hold on central Syria, from the capital Damascus to his stronghold on the coast. A spokesman for the rebel unit Al-Ghuraba Brigade at Yabroud also said Hezbollah fighters and Assad forces were trying to position themselves on nearby hilltops to attack the town.Lebanese Sunnis have moved through the town to join Syrian rebels in battles against Assad's forces, bringing in weapons and supplies for opposition fighters from across the border in Arsal.In June, the group helped Assad's forces regain control of the town of Qusair.
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