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Syrian Government Forces Seize Rebel Stronghold

Syrian government forces and allied militias penetrated an opposition bastion east of Damascus Thursday, in a swift advance that threatened to disrupt a years-long stalemate around the Syrian capital. Air and missile strikes pounded rebel positions in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, clearing the way for soldiers and Hezbollah militants to take the iconic opposition stronghold of Deir al-Asafir and other villages, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The...

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