Syrian forces recapture area near Damascus
Syrian government forces have killed dozens of foreign-backed militants across the country in anti-terror operations, including one that fully liberated an area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing an unnamed military source, reported that on Thursday, army units established full control over al-Taqi Mosque and its surrounding area to the north of Khan al-Shih Farms near Damascus, and killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons in the process.
The Syrian forces also managed to destroy a command center and a 150-meter long tunnel used by terrorists to carry out attacks in Jobar neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital.
Syrian army warplanes also carried out airstrikes against terrorists’ positions in Khan Touman southwest of Aleppo, killing dozens of them. The government forces also thwarted a militant attack in the vicinity of Minian village to the west of city, destroying two bomb-laden cars and killing several other militants.
The Syrian jets also pounded terrorists’ positions in al-Rastan, Deir Ful, Abu al-Tababaer and Khan al-Surah near the western city of Homs, destroying a number of their vehicles. The Syrian ground troops also foiled a Daesh strike near Unq al-Hawa village, some 73 kilometers east of Homs, killing a number of terrorists and inflicting injuries on some others.
Elsewhere in the countryside of the western city of Hama, Syrian army airstrikes left a large number of militants dead and destroyed some of their vehicles. The Syrian soldiers had raided a weapons warehouse used by the militants in the southern parts of the city, seizing a large cache of ammunition and poisonous agents.
The army units also destroyed a command center of the Takfiri Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the southwestern town of Yadoudah in Dara’a province, and killing a number of the terrorists.
The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Backed by the Russian air cover, the Syrian military is engaged in an operation to rid the country of Daesh and other terrorist groups.