Syria army tightens noose around militants
Iran Press TV
Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:36PM GMT
The Syrian army continues to tighten the noose around foreign-sponsored militants in several areas across the country.
According to an unnamed military source, the Syrian army continued its mop-up operations in al-Nakarin, Kafer Kar and Binan al-Hos in Aleppo, killing a number of the militants.
Scores of foreign-backed militants were killed by the army forces in the villages of Kaskis, Erbid, al-Jadideh and Kwairis, the source added.
In Aleppo's al-Lairamoun, the Syrian troops killed at least 19 "terrorists" in a building which they were using to target civilians, including women and children, in the area.
Moreover, a number of the militants were killed by the troops near Aleppo Central Prison.
Dozens of the militants were killed by the forces in similar operations in Abu al-Douhur, Serjeh and Binnish in Idlib countryside.
The army killed a large number of the militants in the village of Kastoun al-Gharbi in Hama countryside.
In recent days, army units have made fresh gains in the strategic town of Yarbud, which lies near the border with Lebanon.
Army troops also took control of the strategic Damascus-Homs highway after seizing most of al-Nabk in the mountainous Qalamoun region.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.
The UN has predicted that more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.
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