Syrian army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have flushed members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group out of their last positions in the western-central province of Hama as they continue to make territorial gains across the war-ravaged Arab country.
An unnamed military source told Syria’s official news agency SANA that government forces and their allies had established full control over the villages of Umm Trika, Umm Hezim, Balil, Rajm al-Ahmar, Tal Shateib, al-Zabadi, and Tal Bolus after fierce clashes with the foreign-sponsored terrorists – formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
Scores of the Takfiris were in the heavy fighting and dozens of them fled to nearby villages.
The source added that army bomb disposal units have launched an operation in the liberated villages to clear areas of hidden explosive devices and ordnances left behind by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants.
Separately, army units have engaged Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorists in the southwestern outskirts of Damascus, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
The government troops mounted an offensive against the extremists in Daher al-Aswad hills, and managed to reclaim Bard’ayia hills after 24 hours of bitter skirmishes.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.