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Syrian Army Advances on Strategic Town Near Lebanon

Syrian government forces have solidified their grasp on the last major town held by Sunni Muslim rebels near the Lebanese border. Government troops, backed by Lebanese Shi'ite Hezbollah fighters and local paramilitaries, bombarded areas around Yabroud on Tuesday. A successful push into the town would help President Bashar al-Assad's military seal a link between Mediterranean coastal bastions of his minority Alawite sect and the capital, Damascus. Syrian forces have been on...

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