A Syrian government soldiers walk near tanks parked in front of damaged buildings in Adra northeast of the capital Damascus on September 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA
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Syrian government troops recaptured the key town of Adra northeast of the capital Damascus Thursday, nine months after fighting broke out there pitting the army against rebels.The rebels captured Adra in December last year and regime forces have been fighting since to retake it.The developments came a day after anti-regime activists and rebel groups accused the regime of launching a "chemical" attack on Adra, killing a number of its "supporters".They said half a dozen hostages – held by the rebels since Adra was seized – perished in the attack.The security source said the army had taken control of an area in the town used to house workers, after securing the highway and the industrial zone.The field commander said a large number of rebels had withdrawn to the Old City as the army advanced.The army's latest advance will allow the government to further tighten its siege of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, east of Damascus, according to the Observatory.
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