DAMASCUS, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops on Thursday scored a new sweeping victory against militant groups, recapturing a key town in the central province of Homs, local media reported.
It's the latest victory in a series of recent successful army offensives to dislodge the rebels out of key areas surrounding the capital Damascus and the central region.
The Syrian troops, backed by paramilitary National Defense Forces, have recaptured al-Husn, a large town of the Homs governorate in northwest Syria near the border with Lebanon.
The Syrian troops also wrested back control over the al-Husn Castle, a centuries-old heritage located on a high hill in al-Husn town, putting the Syrian flag atop.
The Syrian army said that its troops also restored security in other towns surrounding al-Husn.
The sweeping victory came just days after the army succeeded to recapture Yabroud in northern Damascus, known as the "revolution bastion" among the rebels.
The wide-scale military offensive in the northern countryside of Damascus and the central Homs province aims to cut off the rebels' illegal smuggling routes from neighboring Lebanon, and to secure the vicinity of Damascus and the international road that connects the southern parts of Syria with its central and northwestern parts.