Syria state media: Troops capture key town

Nov 19, 2013, 6:53 AM EST
Two Syrian women carry their children as other women stand in line waiting to collect aid from relief agencies helping refugees who fled into the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state TV is reporting that troops have captured a town near the Lebanon border, days after launching a wide offensive to regain the mountainous region.

There is no immediate confirmation of the reported capture of Qara from rebels or pro-rebel activists.

TV reported Tuesday that troops are now "in full control of Qara after wiping out all terrorists units in it." Syria refers to opposition fighters are terrorists.

Qara sits on a key supply route from Lebanon to opposition forces around Damascus, as well as on the main north-south highway that links the capital to government strongholds along the Mediterranean coast.

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