Syrian forces have raised the national flag of Syria in the strategic town of Yabroud after retaking full control of the town from foreign-backed militants.
The national Syrian flag was raised on Monday morning in the main square of the town.
On Sunday, Syrian forces pushed back the foreign-backed militants from Yabroud, the latter’s last major stronghold in the mountainous region of Qalamoun, near the Lebanese border.
The victory came after days of mop-up operations and months of planning. Fighters from Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah helped the Syrian army in the operations.
The takeover of Yabroud will cut the supply lines of the foreign-sponsored militants. The advance is considered a major gain for the Syrian army, which has been engaged in a fierce battle against foreign-backed militants for three years.
According to observers, the seizure of the town will affect the situation in Syria, Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories.
The takeover came days after Syrian troops regained the control of the town of al-Zareh following days of fierce clashes with militants in the province of Homs.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Some sources say around 130,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the foreign-backed militancy.