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Syria Army says has made more gains

Iran Press TV

Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:12PM

The Syrian Army says it has made more gains in clearing the country of foreign-backed militants, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Syrian government forces launched attacks against the militants in the provinces of Damascus, Hama, Aleppo, Homs, Deir ez-Zor, Idlib and Latakia on Sunday and killed dozens of them, the official SANA news agency reported.

In addition, the Syrian armed forces captured many machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and hand-made rockets.

In the northern countryside of the Latakia province, Syrian forces have now recaptured more areas. Units of the armed forces have restored security to the Obin village and the Prophet Isaiah Mount after inflicting heavy losses on the militants there.

In the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, the army "destroyed a number of heavy and medium machineguns and killed many terrorists on Kafr hamra-al-Lairamoun road and in Dahret Abdrabeh," an army source said. In Talet al-Shahid in al-Sheikh Saeed area, another 15 militants were killed.

Several militants were killed in other areas of Aleppo.

The government troops have recently conducted successful clean-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

The Syrian Army's push against the militants rattled their sponsors.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said on June 26 that Saudi Arabia is trembling with fear because of the Syrian Army's recent gains against the militants.

In a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah on June 25, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal insisted that the militants in Syria must be armed with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons.

Zoubi said that the Saudi weapons and money is the main reason behind bloodshed in Syria, adding that Faisal "is lost in the Syrian blood."

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.

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