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Syria: Militants Hit Hard in Dara’a

1 January 2016 10:31



The Syrian army, backed by warplanes, continued to tighten noose on the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in Dara’a province, inflicting heavy losses on them.

The Syrian warplanes heavily bombed militants’ gathering centers in Ibtta town in Dara’a on Wednesday.

Separately, the army destroyed 12 terrorists’ vehicles, some equipped with machine gun, on the Ibtta-Dael road in Dara’a.

The Syrian army also fired artillery shells at militants’ positions in the towns of al-Herak, Busra al-Sham and Inkhil.

Terrorists’ positions in Nawa city were also hit by artillery shells.

The terrorists suffered heavy losses in the army’s attacks.

Also on Wednesday, the Syrian Army and popular forces stormed the militant groups’ positions in one of the major neighborhoods of the Southern city of Dara’a after the Syrian army’s artillery units shelled the terrorists’ defense lines.

“The Syrian army troops alongside the country’s National Defense Forces (NDF) have gained the upper hand against the militant groups in Manshiya neighborhood in Dara’a,” city sources said.

“The pro-government forces’ advances are mainly indebted to the heavy shelling of the army artillery units that left nowhere safe for the militant groups in Manshiya,” the sources added.

“The militant groups were pinned down behind their defense lines as a result of the army’s shelling,” they went on to say.

“The militant concentration centers were also targeted by the army’s rocket shelling,” the sources confirmed.

Northern part of Dara’a witnessed significant victories of the Syrian forces against the terrorist group.

The Syrian Army announced on Wednesday that its troops alongside the popular forces drove the militant groups back from the entire districts of the key town of Sheikh Meskeen North of Dara’a after killing, wounding and capturing a large number of the terrorists.

“Sheikh Meskeen is now under the full control of the Syrian government forces,” the army said.

“The militant groups have suffered a heavy death toll. Most of the militants in the town have been killed or wounded. In addition, a large number of the militants have surrendered, while the rest preferred to flee the war zone,” the army added.

“The Syrian army is fortifying its positions in the town now,” it went on to say.

“Pro-government troops are patrolling the town to find the rest of the militants,” the army added.

“The Syrian soldiers are transferring the captured and injured militants to safer areas behind the frontline,” the army went on to say.

“The engineering units of the army are defusing the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) planted by the terrorists groups across the government buildings,” the army said.

The Syrian army and its allies have been significantly advancing against the militant groups in the province in the recent weeks, particularly in Sheikh Meskeen.

Sheikh Meskeen is vital and strategic due to its location along the second most important highway in the Dara’a province; it is also the key to the cities of Nawa and Jassim.

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