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Syrian army kills several Takfiri militants in Homs

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 8, 2016 5:1PM

The Syrian army has struck heavy blows to the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the central province of Homs, leaving a group of them dead and injured.

Field sources told Syria's official news agency, SANA, on Friday that the army and its allied forces engaged in fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists in al-Qaryatayn town, southeast of Homs City.

The clashes left at least 13 terrorists dead and injured and destroyed one of the militants' vehicles along with all weapons and ammunition inside it, according to the sources.

The Syrian forces have been engaged in fierce battles with Daesh terrorists near al-Qaryatayn since they took the town of Mahin and the villages of al-Hadath and Hawarin and their surrounding areas from the Takfiri militants late last month.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army targeted the terrorists in the villages of Hawsh Haju and Si'in al Aswad, 20 kilometers north of Homs City.

The operations left a number of terrorists dead and destroyed the militants' command posts along with all the weapons and ammunition inside them.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups such as Ahrar al-Sham, Islamic Front and Homs Legion are reportedly stationed in the northern countryside of Homs.

Last month, militants began evacuating al-Wair, the last district under their control in Homs, under a ceasefire deal reached with the government.

Syrian forces have recently been making rapid advances against terrorists, who are committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in several parts of the Arab country.

The advances of the Syrian government forces against Daesh and other terrorist groups have been expedited by the air cover provided by Russia, which began on September 30 at the request of the Damascus government.

The crisis in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has so far claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced nearly half of the country's population within or out of its borders.

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