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More than 100 Takfiri militants killed in Syria military operations

Iran Press TV

Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:48PM

More than 100 Takfiri terrorists have been killed in two days of air and ground operations by the Syrian military across the Arab country.

Syria's official news agency SANA reported on Wednesday that Syrian fighter jets targeted hideouts of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the town of al-Bab and several other villages in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo Province. The report said at least 70 terrorists were slain.

The Syrian aircraft also dealt a heavy blow to the Takfiri militants in airstrikes on their command posts in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus. The Syrian forces recently regained control of several areas in the same region.

Also on Wednesday, airstrikes by the Syrian air force targeted gathering centers of militants of the Jaish al-Fatah in Kafr Zita, Jub al-Rayan and Kafr Nabudah in the northern countryside of Hama. Jaish al-Fateh terrorists suffered another blow in similar strikes on their hideouts in the province of Idlib.

On Tuesday, at least six Takfiri militants were killed in attacks by the Syrian ground forces in the provinces of Hama and Idlib.

Separately, the Syrian army released footage showing the operation of liberating two strategic villages in Aleppo.

The villages of Masqan and Ehras in the northern countryside of Aleppo were liberated from the control of the Takfiri militants on Monday.

The army, backed by popular forces, also won back the village of al-Tiba in the eastern countryside of Aleppo as well as Kafar Naya, 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Aleppo City.

The Syrian army and its allies, backed by Russian warplanes, have recently made major advances against Takfiri militants north of Aleppo.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said on February 10 that the government forces will soon take full control of the militant-held areas of Aleppo but predicted a tough battle for the largest city in the Arab country.

'These battles are not easy, but the day will come, God willing, when all Aleppo - its rural areas and the occupied part of the city - will return to state authority,' Zoubi said.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to a new report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country's pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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