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Syrian Army Restores Security to Strategic Al-Salam Highway in Damascus Countryside

18 May 2016 8:49



The Syrian army continued its advances in Damascus province, and restored full security to a strategic highway in Western Ghouta.

The Western Ghouta in Damascus countryside was the scene of heavy clashes between the Syrian army backed by the air force and the Takfiri terrorists as army managed to bring back full security to Al-Salam highway.

The Syrian army destroyed the Takfiri terrorists’ military positions and strategic tunnels in Eastern Ghouta.

Battlefield sources said the Syrian army took the initiative and in a series of counterattacks on Al-Nusra Front’s military positions managed to move towards Khan al-Sheikh farms and seized control of several areas and restore security to al-Salam highway.

Meantime, the army units annihilated the terrorists’ tunnels in Deir al-Assafir and Zobdeen in Eastern Ghouta.

Earlier on Tuesday, the military sources announced that the Syrian Army troops and popular forces, in a fresh round of joint offensives, hit the terrorist groups’ positions hard in Eastern Ghouta and forced the militants to retreat from a strategic town in the region.

“The terrorist groups left behind scores of the dead and injured member and pulled the remaining pockets of their forced from Hosh al-Khatib,” the sources said, adding, “Recapture of Hosh al-Khatib will put terrorist groups in Deir al-Assafir under more pressure.”

On Monday, the Syrian Army troops inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups’ checkpoints along a strategic road in Eastern Ghouta and forced the militants to retreat from nearby regions.

“Following hours of fierce clashes, finally the Syrian soldiers forced the terrorist groups to pull their fighters back from the important road that connects Hosh al-Khatib and Harasta al-Qantara region,” the sources said, adding, “The terrorist groups left behind dozens of the dead of wounded members and fled the battlefield.”

“The road is under the full control of the army and the government force are fortifying their position along the road, which the army’s engineering units have launched an operation to defuse roadside bombs and mines planted by the terrorist groups,” the sources said.

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