7/30/13 Regime, rebels seek to split Syria

Source: Fox News

BEIRUT (AFP) –  The regime’s new victory in Homs and rebel advances in the north and south of Syria are signs that both sides are looking to make headway before much-touted peace talks.

“Having consolidated its victory in Homs, the regime controls all the area stretching from Damascus to the coast,” says analyst Karim Bitar of the French Institute of International and Strategic Relations.

“The rebels control the north and the Euphrates valley area (Aleppo, Raqa and Deir Ezzor), while the Kurds, who are growing increasingly autonomous, hold the northeast,” Bitar told AFP.

The Syrian government announced Monday the capture of Khaldiyeh, a key rebel district in Homs, Syria’s third city and a symbol of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

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