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Syrian Army Takes Town Along North-South Highway

Syria's army has pushed rebels out of the southern town of Qara, strengthening its hold on a highway linking the capital to government strongholds along the coast, state media said on Tuesday.   Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive on Friday against the town, which sits on the strategic route 80 km (50 miles) north of Damascus in the Qalamoun mountains.   Damascus is particularly keen to secure the highway as it wants to use it to transport...

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