“The al-Nusra Front affiliated to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization has sustained heavy casualties in this district and lost many of its members,” a Syrian military source told FNA on Sunday, adding that there have been heavy clashes between the Syrian forces and rebels in the last few days.
He further added the al-Nusra terrorist group has lost thousands of its members so far, adding that there were nationals from Chechen, Pakistan and Afghanistan among the casualties.
The source said the rebels who had failed to conquer Syria’s military airports tried hard to advance in Damascus to capture the civilian airport (the Damascus International Airport), but were repelled by the Syrian army after sustaining heavy damage and casualties.
Terrorists have tried hard in the last several days to make Syrian cities unsafe for citizens, but the army has purged them from most neighborhoods and districts, killed tens of them and arrested many others.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.