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Syrian army advances in Qusair and chases rebels from Damascus suburb

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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been making gains on two fronts today.

   Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters advanced toward the center of the strategic town of Qusair near the border with Lebanon.

   An official in the governor's office of Homs province says the Syrian army, is "approaching victory" almost three weeks after launching an offensive to recapture the western town. The rebels still have control of the western and northern parts of Qusair as well as some areas in the center.

   A doctor coordinating medical treatment there says troops have been pounding western parts of the town with artillery as they move toward the center. Doctors are treating the wounded in about 50 abandoned homes that have been turned into makeshift hospitals.

   Meanwhile, the state news agency reports Syrian forces pushed rebel fighters out of Jobar, a key district on the edge of Damascus. Rebels have been trying to push into the capital from Jobar for weeks.

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