BEIRUT (AP) — THE Latest on the Syria strife (all circumstances nearby):

5:05 p.m.

Syrian state-run TV is carrying images of President Bashar Assad visiting troops on the front line in the newly captured areas of eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus.

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Al-Ikhbariya TV communicate the still pictures Sunday of Assad remaining close to a tank and encompassed by warriors on a road in eastern Ghouta, the locale close Damascus where a Syrian hostile has been in progress over the previous month. It was not clear where in eastern Ghouta Assad was. He was conversing with the troops.

Prior, state media said Syrian troops had entered Saqba, a town in a southern pocket of eastern Ghouta. It was the most recent town to be caught by the Syrian troops and unified state army in a quick progress in the course of the most recent couple of days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian government is responsible for more than 80 percent of the zone, which has been a radical fortress since 2012 read more news.