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Iran Press TV

Syrian army mop-up continues across country

Iran Press TV

Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:40PM GMT

The Syrian army has conducted successful mop-up operations in several areas across the Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

According to a military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, the army continued its clean-up operations in the countryside of the capital Damascus, killing dozens of the militants.

The army stormed the militants' hideouts in the areas of Douma, Alya Farms, al-Rayhan and al-Shifonyeh, destroying their weapons and ammunition, the source added.

The Syrian government forces killed 15 "terrorists" in the city of Yabroud in Damascus northern countryside.

The army units destroyed a number of vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition.

The Syrian army carried out similar operations in the villages of al-Dar al-Kabira and al-Ghanto in Homs, killing scores of the militants.

The army clashes with the militants in the neighborhoods of al-Sakhour, al-Shaar, al-Sukkari, al-Jazmati, al-Haydaryeh, al-Naqqarin, Hanano and al-Ansari in Aleppo city, killing or injuring a number of them.

A number of the militants were also killed or wounded in mop-up operations conducted by the army in al-Amryeh in Maarat al-Numan in Idlib.

A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.

The extracts of the study by defense consultancy IHS Jane's were published on September 16.

IHS Jane's estimates that some 10,000 militants are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.

The analysis also said that a large number of extremists from foreign countries are also active in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced due to the violence.

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