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New Areas near Marj al-Sultan Airport Come under Army Control

24 December 2015 10:51


The Syrian army continued its anti-terrorism operations to fully secure the recently-captured military airport of Marj al-Sultan, and retook new areas in Damascus province.

Field sources said the Syrian forces targeted al-Nusra Front, Jeish al-Islam, al-Rahman brigades and other terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta and continued to advanced in the vicinity of Marj al-Sultan Military Airport and Harasta farms on Wednesday.

The sources further said the Syrian troops took full control over new farms in the West of Marj al-Sultan military airport in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside.

The army killed at least 14 militants and destroyed their vehicles and weapons in the clashes.

On Saturday, the Syrian Army announced that the militant groups have sustained heavy losses as a result of the government forces’ attack and have retreated from more lands in the strategic region of Marj al-Sultan East of Damascus province.

“The pro-government forces’ continued attacks left no chance for the militant groups to fortify their positions which have been attacked and bombed regularly in the recent days by the Syrian ground and air forces,” the army said.

“The militant groups were forced to leave behind their military equipment and pull back the remaining of forces in a bid to evade more casualties,” the army further added.

Marj al-Sultan region is home to one of the most important airbases in Central Syria with the same name, therefor, the government forces have done their best in the recent weeks to restore full security to the region which can be considered as a Central command in anti-terrorism campaign.

On November 12, the Syrian army and popular forces completely pushed back the militant groups from Marj al-Sultan Airbase and its surroundings, scoring their second groundbreaking victory after lifting the ISIL siege of Kuweires airbase in Aleppo province a few days earlier.

Syrian army forces entered Marj al-Sultan military airbase in Eastern Ghouta on November 10, and brought the base under full control two days later.

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