Syria

Syrian Army Takes Back Military Zone in Daraa

13921119000348_PhotoISyrian military troops made major advances in Daraa countryside in the Southern parts of the country and took back a strategic military zone in the region.
The army regained control of Katibeh Al-Kimiya in Western Daraa in Al-Savida province after a tough battle with the terrorists deployed in the area. There has yet been no report on the number of casualties on either side.

Later reports said several army units are now chasing fugitive militants, while others are conducting a mop-up operation to find the possible hideouts of the militants in conquered areas.

Earlier in the day, the Syrian army troops targeted foreign-backed militants in Daraa, and inflicted heavy losses on them.

A source told the state news agency that an army unit killed six militants in Mzerib town in Daraa and destroyed a gathering in the area surrounding a food cannery, adding that the bodies of Monzer Mohammad al-Hashish and Salah Eddin al-Hashish were identified among the killed terrorists.

The source added that an army unit thwarted a militants’ attempt of detonating an explosive device near the entrance of Mehja town on Daraa-Damascus road.

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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