Rebels Push Forward In Southern Syria
By The Associated Press
Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet in an area south of the capital, Damascus.
They've captured a string of towns from government forces. And they're hoping to carve out a piece of territory leading toward President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
The advances appear to be a rare visible success story from efforts by the U.S. and its allies to train and arm moderate rebel fighters.
The rebel forces are believed to include fighters who graduated from a nearly 2-year-old CIA training program based in Syria's southern neighbor Jordan.
The gains are a contrast to northern Syria, where U.S.-backed rebels are collapsing in the face of an assault by Islamic militants.