Syrian army takes villages near Qusayr

Syrian troops captured the villages of Western Dumayna, Haidariyeh and Esh al-Warwar in the strategic Qusayr area of Homs province on Monday, allowing them to cut supply lines to rebels inside Qusayr town, a military officer told AFP. Western Dumayna is some eight kilometres Exception : 'five miles' has an invalid token. north of the rebel-held town of Qusayr, which has been at the centre of fierce battles between opposition forces and the Syrian military, backed by pro-Damascus Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.