The Syrian rebels have made some major territorial gains in the north of the country – taking key towns and villages along the Turkish border.
Sky News was with the rebels as they stormed into Bdama, a strategically important town just over a mile from the border with Turkey.
The town is crucial to the rebel arms smugglers because it gives them access to the north-west of the country and towns like Latakia, Idlib and Hama.
For the Government, it is a key transport link from the President’s home region of Latakia and Syria’s second city of Aleppo.
Hundreds of rebel fighters poured into the town after overpowering army checkpoints surrounding it. Many of the fighters wept as they saw friends and neighbours they have been separated from for more than a year.
Among those returning was Mahmoud Mosa, the headmaster of the town’s preparatory school. He and his family fled to safety and Turkey when President Bashar al Assad’s forces moved into the town in June last year.