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While the victory achieved by the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Hizbollah last week at Yabroud – in Syria’s Qalamoun region in the mountainous area near the Syrian-Lebanese border – has been hailed as a major breakthrough, it is in reality but another testament to the conflict’s intractability. Yes, the regime has racked up a string of limited military successes over the past year; however, the Yabroud campaign required a month of intense fighting in order to secure a relatively minor town.
Like Qusair in the first half of 2013, Yabroud is of strategic importance, as its capture helps the regime secure the porous Lebanese-Syrian border – a transit point for rebel weaponry and fighters. But Yabroud is not an oil-producing region or a major population center – the type of “victory” that could indeed alter the course of the war. (CONTINUED - 661 WORDS)