Syrian Army Regains Control of Strategic Town in Damascus Countryside

13921126000192_PhotoI (2)The Syrian army regained control of a strategic town in Damascus countryside after armed groups deployed in the region surrendered their weapons to the army.
The army entered the Babila town in Damascus countryside as militant groups handed over their heavy and semi-heavy weapons to the army.

Also in the past 24 hours, Syria’s permanent representative at the UN Bashar Al-Jafari announced that the Syrian delegation has agreed with the draft of a proposal by the UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for peace talks in Geneva.

Al-Jafari stressed that the Syrian government prioritizes fighting terrorism, but the opposition group has not shown good will in this regard.

Elsewhere, the Syrian army and the Kurdish Popular Defense Committees in joint cooperation managed to cut supply routes to the militants in Hasaka in Northeastern Syria and regained control over the main road in the region and its surrounding villages. The Syrian army and local Kurdish forces seized control over Al-Abed, Al-Fallaheh, Abu Amshe and Masaken al-Filat al-Hamra villages as well as the Al-Satin route and the Unknown Soldier Square in the Eastern parts of Qaviran township in Hasaka city.

The army units killed 15 militants of the Al-Nusra Front, held 18 captives and injured tens of militants.

Meantime, the Syrian army has triumphed in the recent battle in Yabroud in Damascus countryside, informed military sources said, adding that the army is only a few days away from concluding the battle in Al-Qalamoun region as well.

“The Syrian army is about to end the Al-Qalamoun battle in the next few days,” a Syrian military source told FNA.

He reiterated that the army has made major advances in Faliteh and regained control over Ras Marmaroun and Ras Al-Aqabeh towns, meaning that the Al-Qalamoun battle has come close to its end and it will be wrapped up in the coming days.

“The Syrian army has also managed to win control over the militants’ strategic regions of Jarajir and Ras Al-Ain and then moved towards Al-Sahl near Yabroud town in Damascus countryside,” the military source said.

Also, a military source said that the Syrian army units killed all members of the militant groups in the neighborhoods of al-Maysar, Masaken Hanano and al-Haidariyeh in Aleppo city.

The source added that militants were killed surrounding Aleppo central prison and the villages of Azzan, Rasem al-Abboud, Kafr Dae’al, the industrial city, Handarat, al-Ma’saraniyeh, Tal Jebbin and al-Mislmiyeh.

A number of cars loaded with ammunition were destroyed in al-Mansouirah and Bshaqin in the Western countryside of Aleppo. All terrorists inside them were killed.

Meantime, the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition decided to meet in the Swiss city of Geneva again to hold the final round of talks on the crisis in Syria.

UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will hold a final meeting with delegations from both sides.

The Syrian government and the opposition have both confirmed that they have been unable to make any progress in the talks.

“We deeply regret that this round did not make any progress,” said Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad after meeting Brahimi on Friday.

He also denounced the Unites States and its allies for their double standards toward terrorism, saying Washington refuses to deem as terrorists the groups that serve its interests in the region.

Damascus says fighting terrorism should be the first priority in the Geneva talks, but the foreign-backed opposition insists that the formation of a transitional government and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.

The Geneva talks aim to contain the bloody crisis that has plagued Syria since March 2011.

Elsewhere, a Syrian army unit destroyed a militant group in al-Zara town, among them Lebanese terrorists Diyaa al-Jarrah, Azzam Dahdouh and Abdel-Rahman al-Qaisi and Saudi terrorist Rahjan Hamadan al-Elwani, a source said.

The source added that the army carried out an operation against militants’ hideout in al-Mshajjar al-Janoubi in Talbiseh, killing and injuring a number of militants.

An army unit foiled militants’ attempt to detonate an explosive device, weighing 70 kg, planted by militants near al-Ofiyeh village in al-Hula area.

Also, an army unit destroyed terrorists affiliated to the so-called Lewa al-Mua’tasem Battalion in Atman town in Daraa countryside, a military source said.

The source added that terrorists Mohammad Saleh al-Ewayed, the leader of the armed group and sniper Mizyad Bassam al-Masri were identified among the dead.

Meantime, clandestine groups affiliated to terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and some other Syrian extremist groups, including the al-Nusra Front, have started to expansion across Kuwait, al-Seyassah newspaper reported.

According to a report released by Kuwaiti newspaper on Friday, the security officials have already informed the government of serious security threats confronting the country within near future in this regard.

The affiliation of these secret militant groups are mainly directed to extremist groups of ISIL, al-Nusra Front and Muslim Brotherhood, the report added.

The report also described the excessive freedom in Kuwait, relationships with wealthy individuals and massive financial budget as the main reasons behind these groups’ decision to settle their bastions across Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia and the US government are the main financial supporters of ISIL terrorist group in the region. They have already provided enough financial aid to attract terrorist groups from several foreign countries to engage in Syria and Iraq war.

Many countries in Middle East as well as Europe are scaring that these militants will become a serious security threat as soon as they come back to their mother lands.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.

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