Syrian army troops deal major blows to Takfiri militants
Syrian government forces have carried out a string of military operations against foreign-backed militants across the conflict-ridden Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on them.
On Tuesday, Syrian army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Defense groups, raided two militant hideouts in the Dara’a al-Balad district of the southwestern city of Dara’a, located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of the capital, Damascus, killing and injuring an unspecified number of Takfiri extremists in the process, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
Syrian army soldiers also engaged foreign-backed militants in the villages of Khan Tuman and Kafr Hamrah and in the town of Haritan in the northwestern province of Aleppo.
The developments came a day after Syrian troopers killed more than 30 terrorists and destroyed a battle tank, five sport utility vehicles and a car rigged with explosives in the town of Dayr Hafir, situated 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Aleppo.
Additionally, Syrian fighter jets struck militant positions in the west-central city of Hama, located 213 km (132 miles) north of Damascus, on Monday, killing at least 50 extremists.
Also on Monday, Syrian army units managed to establish control over the Mazrah Hills in the northern suburb of Hama.
Moreover, Syrian military aircraft pounded terrorists positions in the towns of Nasiriyah, Soran and Latamenah in Aleppo Province, destroying their ammunition and several tanks. Syrian soldiers thwarted a militant offensive against the al-Ameriyah district in the province as well.
Elsewhere in the northwestern province of Homs, Syrian jets bombed militant bases in the town of Talbiseh and Deir Ful village, killing and injuring tens of Takfiris.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
The UN has stopped updating its official death toll for Syria.