(YNetNews) Assad’s forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters, have launched a campaign to crush the rebel pockets in Damascus, particularly in the north-east of the capital and its surroundings.

Meanwhile, Syrian rebels are not losing hope, and high-ranking officers in the Free Syrian Army said they have received new weapons from friendly countries that could lead to changes on the ground and victories against President Bashar Assad’s forces.

At the same time, fears of an escalation in the fighting have led the White House to leave about 700 combat-ready troops in Jordan after the military exercise which took place this week in the Hashemite Kingdom.

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