Syrian army kills scores of militants near capital
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:16PM GMT
Syrian army forces have killed at least 175 foreign-backed al-Qaeda-linked militants near the capital, Damascus, in its latest mop-up operation in the country.
The Syrian state television said on Wednesday that an ambush near Otaybeh village in the Eastern Ghouta region, claimed the lives of mostly Saudi, Qatari, and Chechen militants.
'Acting on information and in a well-organized ambush, our courageous army killed dozens of al-Nusra Front terrorists, most of them non-Syrians, in the Eastern Ghouta area.' the Syrian state television added.
The Syrian army said that the militants had entered the country from Jordan, earlier in the day.
An unknown number of militants were also wounded.
The army forces also reportedly seized the militants' weapons.
The Otaybeh village has witnessed a number of similar ambushes by the army in recent months.
This comes days after Syrian forces carried out similar operations in a number of villages in the Homs countryside, Hama, and Aleppo, killing dozens of militants.
The al-Nusra Front has been targeting Syrian civilians and soldiers in deadly attacks aimed at overthrowing the government of Bashar al-Assad.
Syria has been the scene of deadly violence since 2011. Over 130,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the unrest.
The Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria, according to reports.
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