Latest News Wires Syria: US-backed rebels advance in south, with Al Qaeda's help

Aiming to put pressure on Damascus, the Syrian rebels, believed to include some CIA-trained fighters as well some from Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, have captured a string of towns from Assad's forces in the south.

By , Associated Press

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Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power