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Syrian army gains in north and south; two rebel-held towns agree to cease-fire

Syrian army gains in north and south; two rebel-held towns agree to cease-fire

As the Syrian army pushes toward the Turkish border in the north, the government is also achieving major gains in strategic southern Syria near the Jordanian frontier.

Aided by Russian airstrikes, Syrian officials have vowed to close off the Turkish and Jordanian borders, long crucial conduits for opposition arms, supplies and fighters entering Syria.

On Monday, a pair of rebel-controlled towns near Dara, the south's major city, agreed to a cease-fire with the government as part of a deal that would stop airstrikes and allow aid into the towns, according to opposition and pro-government accounts.

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