Syrian troops further advance against militants near Damascus



The Syrian army has managed to retake control of several areas in Eastern Ghouta near the capital, Damascus, from Takfiri militants.

According to the so-called Syrian observatory for human rights, the Syrian forces purged several areas in Housh al-Admal and Zabdin in Eastern Ghouta of militants on Wednesday.

The report also said that the army clashed with foreign-backed militants in the town of Darayya in western Ghouta, and inflicted losses on them.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based observatory also said that the Syrian troops have launched operations against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs.

The battles between Daesh and the Syrian army are still ongoing near al-Mohr oil field and the al-Taifour military airport, according to the report.

The Syrian air force also bombed Daesh positions in the Shaer oil field and al- Sukhnah town in the eastern countryside of Homs.

There were no immediate reports of casualties among the ranks of militants.

Syrian sources also said an unspecified number of terrorists from al-Nusra Front terrorist group were killed and injured by the army’s snipers in the vicinity of al-Waer neighborhood in Homs city.

Meanwhile, Syrian warplanes bombed militants’ positions in Hamidiyah neighborhood in Dayr al-Zawr city as well as the villages of Ayash and al-Kharitah in the western countryside of Dayr al-Zawr.

The report added that dozens of terrorists were also injured in the clashes.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced over half of the Arab country’s pre-war population of about 23 million.

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