The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, has made advances in mountainous areas along Syria's border with Lebanon, a Hezbollah official said on Friday.
The push in the Qalamoun mountain range appeared to be preparation for a wider offensive in the border region previously announced by Hezbollah, the staunch Lebanese ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syrian state media said dozens of insurgents had been killed.
Hideouts in the Qalamoun mountains, north of the capital Damascus, have long allowed al-Qaida-linked insurgents to attack Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah fighters in the borderlands along Lebanon's eastern flank.
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