Syrian Army Defeats Ahrar Al-Sham, Al-Nusra Militants in Lattakia

13921126000192_PhotoIThe Syrian army made advances against the militants in Lattakia countryside in Western Syria, and took back four villages in the Damascus countryside.
The army units killed tens of militants of Ahrar Al-Sham and Al-Nusra Front groups in the Northern parts of Lattakia countryside.

The Syrian army also destroyed 4 DshK-equipped vehicles, ammunition and a vehicle equipped with heavy machine guns.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army thwarted an attack by the militants against a military base in Idlib in Northwestern Syria. The army units pushed back the militants from Jamia Al-Mohandesin and Al-Kaniseh Street. The militants’ raid only left some material losses to the buildings.

Elsewhere, the army regained control of 4 strategic villages in Damascus countryside and continued advances in Rima farms.

The Syrian army also managed to win the control of Al-Jarayer, Al-Qastal, Ras Al-Ain and Al-Sahl near Yabroud town in Damascus countryside.

Meantime, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant withdrew from Haritan town in the Northern parts of Aleppo in Northern Syria after it was defeated by the rival Islamic Front.

Also, foreign-backed militant groups detonated mines in tunnels under a hotel in Northern Syria’s Aleppo on Friday, killing at least five, activists said.

“Militants dug several tunnels under and around the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo’s Old City, where government troops are positioned. They used mines to detonate it this morning,” claimed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“At least 18 others wounded in the attack, which also damaged parts of the hotel,” the monitoring group added.

Fierce battles broke out after the attack, killing an unknown number of foreign backed militants.

Insurgents fighting to topple President Bashar Assad’s government have used this tactic before, both in Aleppo, Syria’s onetime commercial capital, and in Damascus province.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed terrorists and militants against the Syrian army and civilians across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in most parts of the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies brought the country into chaos through every possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May, 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material was being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

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