The Syrian army on Thursday recaptured the strategic central town of Morek, nine months after it was seized by rebels and their Al-Qaeda allies, a monitoring group said.

The army was backed by militias loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the battle for the town in Hama province, the latest in a string of victories they have scored against rebels seeking his ouster.

“Regime troops and their militia allies took back total control of Morek in the north of Hama countryside, after fierce battles that have raged” since Wednesday night, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. […]