AMMAN Oct 1 Syrian troops entered the central
town of Rastan, the official news agency said on Saturday, after
the most prolonged fighting between the army and insurgents in
the-six month uprising.
"Calm and security have returned to Rastan after security
police backed by army units entered the town and confronted the
terrorist groups who have terrified its inhabitants," the agency
The town, scene of large protests demanding the removal of
President Bashar al-Assad, had been under the control of army
defectors and other insurgents in the last few weeks. Government
forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, moved on the town of
40,000, which lies 180 km (110 miles) north of Damascus on the
main highway to Aleppo, on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom)