By Mariam Karouny and Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah militants took full control of the town of Yabroud on Sunday after driving out rebels, helping President Bashar al-Assad secure the land route connecting the capital Damascus with Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast. The fall of Yabroud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese border, could sever a vital insurgent supply line from Lebanon and consolidate government control over a swathe of territory from Damascus to the central city of Homs. A military source told Reuters that about 1,000 militants from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front had held out on Saturday to fight government forces which had entered eastern districts of Yabroud and captured several hilltops. Hezbollah-operated Al Manar television broadcast scenes from Yabroud's main square where people walked around and talked in apparent safety.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, along with assault rifles and ammunition to Iraq as part of its anti-terrorism assistance to the country, the U.S. embassy to Iraq said on Sunday.
The head of EON, Germany's leading power supplier, warned Berlin Sunday against "recklessly" damaging ties with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. Johannes Teyssen told news weekly Der Spiegel that the tensions risked hobbling a fruitful "partnership". "I don't want to interfere in foreign policy questions but I think that we have exercised very responsible policy toward the east in the last few decades," he was quoted as saying. He said that at the same time, Russian companies had invested heavily in Germany, particularly in the gas sector.