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Syrian army captures area on Lebanon border - Hezbollah

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BEIRUT, May 7 (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters captured a mountainous area on Syria's border with Lebanon on Thursday and killed dozens of insurgents including from al Qaeda's Nusra Front wing, a Hezbollah official told Reuters.

The area, Assal al-Ward, is a strategic position that overlooks Lebanese border towns where Hezbollah has heavy presence. Fighters from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon have fought alongside Syrian army forces in Syria's civil war. (Reporting by Laila Bassam, Writing by Sylvia Westall, editing by Samia Nakhoul)

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