A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the Syrian army forces in the town of Kasab on the Syrian-Turkish border in the Latakia province on June 16, 2014. "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA"
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Residents of the Armenian village of Kasab on Syria's border with Turkey began returning home Monday, dancing, cheering and waving flags in the main square a day after the army retook the area from rebels.Syrian state television has broadcast footage from the village, saying "security and stability" had been restored after the area was cleared of "terrorists," the government's standard term for the rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.A field commander in the Syrian army told Reuters the area including the border crossing had come under full control of government forces after they struck at rebel storehouses and supply routes and seized a tract overlooking the village.A Reuters reporter saw dozens of residents returning, with some kicking up their heels in the village's main square, raising Syrian flags and surveying damage inflicted on some of the buildings, including churches.
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