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Iran Press TV

Syria army makes fresh advances against militants

Iran Press TV

Mon May 5, 2014 5:9PM GMT

Syrian army troops have made fresh gains in their battle against foreign-backed Takfiri militants in several provinces across the Arab country.

Syrian media reported on Monday that army units advanced in al-Layramoun area in Aleppo, killing a number of militants and confiscating their weapons and ammunition in the northwestern province.

Government troops regained full control of several buildings located in the north of Gharbi al-Zahra'a neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

Syrian military forces also inflicted heavy losses on the foreign-sponsored militants during their operations in the provinces of Idlib and Daraa as scores of terrorists were killed and wounded in clashes with army units.

On Sunday, the army units conducted successful mop-up operations in al-Mleiha situated in the Eastern Ghouta region near capital Damascus, killing 13 militants.

Syrian soldiers also clashed with militants in Jobar, Erbin, Adra al-Balad, and Darayaa in the countryside of the capital, leaving scores of them dead.

Over the past months, the Syrian army has achieved major victories in its battle against Takfiri groups across the country, particularly in the strategic Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

The new gains by the army come as Syria is preparing to hold an important presidential election on June 3.

Last month, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Takfiri war in his country had strongly shifted in favor of government forces as they had made continuous gains in their fight against the terrorists.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the Western-backed militants.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.


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