The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters yesterday [July 13] achieved strategic progress in the city of Zabadani as they blocked the main entrance linking the city to neighboring Madaya. Meanwhile, the Syrian army continued to crack down on Islamic State (IS) militants in Palmyra, and this has seemingly pushed IS to expand the engagement circle in a bid to find a way to relieve the existing pressure; it has waged a series of attacks in the vicinity of the T4 military airport in eastern...