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Yabrud (Syria) (AFP) - Syria's army seized full control of the rebel bastion Yabrud on Sunday, dealing the opposition a heavy symbolic and strategic blow in the Qalamoun region adjoining the Lebanese border. Syrian soldiers sat in the streets after it was taken in fierce clashes that saw the regime troops backed by Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement and pro-regime militiamen. Earlier, the army announced it had "returned security and stability to the town of Yabrud and its surroundings in northern Damascus province." "This new success... is an important step towards securing the border area with Lebanon, and cutting off the roads and tightening the noose around the remaining terrorist cells in Damascus province," the military added.