Syrian army kills 50 Takfiri militants near Lebanese border
Iran Press TV
Sat Aug 2, 2014 1:45PM GMT
Initial reports say Syrian government troops backed by Hezbollah fighters have killed at least 50 Takfiri terrorists from the ISIL and al-Nusra Front near the Lebanese border.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which is based in London and opposes the Syrian government, confirmed the latest report on Saturday.
Senior officials from SOHR say the Syrian forces and Hezbollah fighters clashed with al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Qalamoun region throughout Friday night and into Saturday morning.
The fresh army gains technically cut supply lines to anti-Damascus militants.
The government troops have captured most of the militant-held towns along the mountainous frontier since their offensive began in November 2013.
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 Syrian army gains have forced the US and its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia to increase the bulk of aid for the al-Qaeda-linked terrorism.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the Western-backed militants.
The West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are giving financial and military support to the militants.
Analysts believe the Syria crisis will backfire on the West as militants are now returning to the countries they came from, including those in Europe.
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