A general view shows Syria’s 12th century Krak des Chevaliers castle in the Homs region, on August 19, 2013
A general view shows Syria’s 12th century Krak des Chevaliers castle in the Homs region,.
BEIRUT: Syrian soldiers have raised the national flag on the battlements of a 900-year-old Crusader castle after a three-month siege that ended yesterday when rebel fighters fled. The recapture of Crac des Chevaliers, a Unesco World Heritage site, is a real and symbolic victory over divided rebel factions. The army has also wrested back control of most of Al Hosn, the town below the hilltop castle, which had been surrounded by troops for weeks until many rebels moved out yesterday morning and the army moved in.See