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Syrian forces purge terrorists from town in Hama province

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:16PM

Syrian army soldiers and their allies have managed to liberate a key town in the country's west-central province of Hama from the grip of Takfiri terrorists.

An unnamed Syrian military source said on Thursday that the recapture of the town of Suran came after intensive operations against the gatherings and fortified positions of terror outfits in the area.

"Units from our armed forces in cooperation with the people's defense forces regained control over the municipality of Suran and the farms surrounding it," the source said.

He also noted that the clashes prior to the town's liberation left a large number of terrorists dead and many more injured, destroying their armored vehicles as well as cars equipped with machine guns.

Members of the Syrian army's engineering units are detonating explosive devices and mines planted by militants to prevent the Syrian forces' advance, he added.

Over the past few weeks, the Syrian forces have wrested control of several areas across the war-torn country as they press ahead with their counter-terrorism operations.

Since March 2011, Syria has been hit by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies. Backed by the Russian air cover, the Syrian military is engaged in an operation to rid the country of Daesh and other terrorist groups.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura have put the death toll from the Syria conflict at more than 300,000 and 400,000, respectively.

This is while the UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.

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