Situation Unclear After Fall of Syrian Rebel Stronghold

Assad shows renewed strength


Syrian state TV began reporting on Sunday night that this opposition enclave of Homs, held by the rebels since the summer of 2011, had fallen.

Activists and fighters in Homs denied it, saying the government had made big gains but there were still pockets of fighters hanging on.

Later though, one opposition source said the enclave was "80% gone", while another said that fighters had been pushed to the margins.

Hardly any activists or fighters in Khalidiya are active on Skype now—another sign that the retreat may have happened or is at least under way.