Syrian army makes major gains near Jordan border

Syrian army makes major gains near Jordan border

The Syrian army has taken control of the town of Busra al-Harir and the nearby Laja area, SANA news agency reported.

The capture of the area cut across a militant-held finger of territory in northeastern Daraa province, where President Bashar al-Assad has pressed his assault.

Syria’s southwest region is strategically sensitive because of its proximity to the frontiers with both Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.