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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:09 P.M.) – Troops of the Syrian Army have scored a sudden and unexpected advance against rebel forces in the Rastan pocket area of northern Homs province according to some military-affiliated sources.

Reports state that the Syrian Army struck militant defenses on the Amiriyah axis (near the government-held town of Al-Mashrafah), swiftly taking control of the Kufa Farms area in a pencil-like penetration.

If true, it is unclear whether the advance is part of a renewed general offensive against insurgent factions based in Rastan countryside region of northern Homs or just the result of an opportunistic snatch operation carried out at the initiative of a local government unit.

Recently, the Syrian Army’s patience with rebel groups in the Rastan pocket came to an end after negotiations to organize the departure of hard-line jihadist fighters – who often carry out raids and shellings against nearby government-held towns – from the area failed to produce any result.

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Could you please define ‘Rebel Groups’ and/or ‘Rebel Forces’ in comparizon to the Catalan political prisoners held in Spanish dungeons for ‘Rebellion’.