Syrian opposition leader vows to fight on

Associated Press
This image made from video broadcast on Al-Mayadeen Television shows Syrian army tanks in Qusair, Syria, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Syrian army triumphantly announced Wednesday the capture of a strategic town near the Lebanese border, telling the nation it has "cleansed" the rebel-held Qusair of "terrorists" fighting President Bashar Assad's troops. The capture of the town, which lies close to the Lebanese border, solidifies some of the regime's recent gains on the ground that have shifted the balance of power in Assad's favor in the Syrian civil war. (AP Photo/Al-Mayadeen Television via AP video)

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DAMSUCS , Syria (AP) — The leader of Syria's main opposition group vows the rebels will continue to battle President Bashar Assad's troops after the fall of the strategic town near the border with Lebanon.

George Sabra, the acting head of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition, said the battle for Qusair, a town in western Syrian, was just "one round" in a larger fight to "liberate Syria."

Sabra's remarks Wednesday are the first by the opposition since the Syrian army, backed by militants of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, captured Qusair earlier in the day.

He slammed Hezbollah's "murderous" involvement in the Qusair fight and warned the group's role in the Syrian battle will deepen the Sunni-Shiite rift in the region.

Hezbollah is a Shiite group and the Syrian rebels are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim.

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