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Army Hails Recapture of Sheikh Meskeen as Landmark Victory in Syria’s War on Terrorism

28 January 2016 7:12

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The Syrian Armed Forces’ General Command underscored that winning back the city of Sheikh Meskeen, North of Dara’a province, has strengthened the pro-government forces’ combat morale in their battle against terrorism and extremism, saying a new era of Army attacks and victories has just started.

“Establishing control over the city, located in the northern countryside of Dara’a province, has dealt a major blow to the terrorist groups and their foreign supporters,” the General Command said in a statement.

“The importance of this achievement comes from the strategic location of Sheikh Meskeen city as it links Dara’a city and the Northern, Eastern and Western territories of Dara’a, in addition to the fact that it overlooks a number of strategic points and hills,” the statement added.

“Controlling Sheikh Meskeen helps cut off the terrorists’ supply lines on several directions and enhances the security of the area surrounding the international highway between Damascus and Dara’a,” the Army Command pointed out.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army alongside the popular forces, backed up by the Russian and Syrian fighter jets, drove the militant groups back from the entire districts of the strategic city of Sheikh Meskeen following hours of heavy battles.

“The Syrian army troops and the National Defense Forces continued to advance against the militants in Sheikh Meskeen and took full control over the strategic city after killing and wounding scores of the terrorists,” the army said.

“The Russian and Syrian fighter jets, in a series of join operations, targeted the militant groups in various districts of the city and paved the way for the rapid advances of the pro-government force,” the army further added.

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