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Syrian army troops deal major blows to Takfiri militants

Iran Press TV

Tue Dec 8, 2015 10:0AM

Syrian government forces have carried out a string of mop-up operations against foreign-backed militants across the conflict-ridden Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on them.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syrian army soldiers backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups established control over Akko and Bouz al-Kherba villages in Syria's western coastal province of Latakia on Monday following intense clashes with Takfiri terrorists.

Scores of foreign-backed militants were killed and a considerable amount of their weapons and munitions destroyed in the process.

Syrian army soldiers also wrested control of the villages of Khalsah, al-Qalajiyeh, al-Hamra and Zaitaan in the northwestern province of Aleppo on Monday.

Bomb disposal units later defused dozens of bombs and improvised explosive devices planted by Daesh terrorists across the villages.

Additionally, Syrian fighter jets struck several areas in the city of Deir Hafer, located 52 kilometers (32 miles) east of Aleppo, cutting off the supply lines of Daesh terrorists.

Syrian army forces also raided a militant hideout in the village of al-Khalidiya, killing an unspecified number of Takfiri extremists and destroying their ammunition.

In the western-central province of Hama, scores of Takfiri militants were killed during separate Syrian army ground offensives.

Moreover, Syrian military aircraft pounded Daesh positions in the town of al-Qaryatain, situated 85 kilometers (52 miles) southeast of Syria's central city of Homs, killing a large number of the terrorists.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the United Nations.

The world body says 12.2 million people, including more than 5.6 million children, remain in need of humanitarian assistance. The foreign-sponsored militancy has displaced 7.6 million people.

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