A tank of the pro-regime forces is seen during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region, April 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA
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Syrian troops backed by fighters from Hezbollah launched an assault Sunday to oust rebels from the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains north of the capital, state television said.Tfail is located east of Brital on a promontory of Lebanese territory surrounded on three sides by Syria's Qalamoun region and has almost been completely isolated as a result of the conflict in the neighboring country.Some 70 rebel fighters surrendered to the Syrian army and handed over their arms, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. Syrian fighters who were in Tfail along with their families were allowed to return to Syria, the source said.
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