The White House has condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the Syrian Army's victory in the town of Qusair and has called on Hezbollah and Iran to immediately withdraw fighters from the country.
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime’s assault on Qusair, which has killed untold numbers of civilians and is causing tremendous humanitarian suffering. The Syrian Arab Republic Government and other parties to this conflict have an obligation under international human rights and humanitarian law to immediately allow neutral, impartial humanitarian organisations, including UN agencies, safe access to evacuate the wounded and provide life-saving medical supplies and treatment.
Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad suffered a significant defeat when they were pushed back from the strategically important town of Qusair, which they had held for more than a year.
ITV News reporter Neil Connery on why the loss is so important: