to a Hezbollah fighter who spoke to Reuters, they managed to capture the city after a quick overnight offensive into the town:
We did a sudden surprise attack in the early hours and entered the town. They escaped
Rebel forces acknowledged
their retreat from the town claiming they were forced to withdraw due to the heavy fire power of the regime and its allies.
Syrian state television was proudly stating that the "Heroic armed forces have returned security and stability to all of the town of Qusair".
The town of Qusair
located near Lebanon was of major strategic interest for both the rebels and the Syrian regime. For the rebels it allowed them a supply line and access from Lebanon, as well a supply line into other parts of Homs province
, most notably Homs city
For the regime, capturing the town will allow them to sever supply lines for the rebels from Lebanon, as well as cutting the supply lines into Homs city. The capture of the town as well as its surrounding villages gives the Syrian army great control over Homs province, essentially giving control of central Syria to the army. By controlling the centre of the country, the army manages to cut rebel supply lines from the north to the south and vice versa, it also further secures Damascus from potential threats or offensives that could've been carried out from central Syria should rebels have managed to create a stronger foothold in the region.
The fall of Qusair was just one of two major strategic blows suffered by rebels, yesterday. Syrian soldiers also managed to push out rebels
from an important Damascus district-suburb located in the north east of the capital.
Securing the Jobar
district around Damascus further secures the capital as a whole. Alongside the major offensive for Qusair, soldiers have also been carrying out a major offensive around Damascus to rid areas of rebel forces, with the offensive having been largely successful in securing Damascus' hold by the regime for now.