This video grab released by al-Manar channel shows fighters from Hezbollah in Qalamoun, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (The Daily Star/Al-Manar Channel)
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Hezbollah fighters and the Syrian army seized control of the highest peak in the Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday, after gaining large swathes of territory in fierce clashes that killed 53 Syrian jihadis.Control of Tallit Moussa gives Hezbollah and the Syrian army a major foothold in the area, given that the peak overlooks the vast expanse of the Qalamoun mountain range and could be used to monitor militant movements as far as the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal.Hezbollah and the Syrian army Tuesday seized two hilltop positions in the Qalamoun region – west of the outskirts of the Syrian village of Ras al-Maara and east of the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Nahleh.
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