Syrian troops kill scores of insurgents in mop-up operations

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Syrian Army soldiers have killed scores of foreign-backed insurgents fighting government forces during nationwide mop-up operations.

A number of armed men were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops and security forces in the northwestern town of Taftanaz on Saturday, the SANA news agency reported.

The Syrian Army also destroyed several pickup trucks equipped with machineguns in the battle.

Syrian soldiers also shot dead a number of armed men in the Martamsrin-Bab al-Hawa district of Idlib province. They also destroyed a convoy of cars equipped with various types of machineguns in the area.

Elsewhere, Syrian troops raided a terrorist hideout in the town of al-Bab, located 337 kilometers (209 miles) north of Damascus, and shot dead all the insurgents at the site. They also destroyed several cars loaded with weapons and munitions and used by terrorists.

Moreover, Syrian forces attacked insurgents in the al-Seil, al-Thanawiyeh, al-Khazan and al-Qasbeh neighborhoods of Harasta city, located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) northeast of Damascus, killing a large number of them.

Syrian Army soldiers also clashed with gunmen in the city of Deir al-Zour, situated about 420 kilometers (262 miles) northeast of Damascus, and killed dozens of them in the process.

The body of Mohammad Ghannam al-Hwaidi, known as Abu Omar al-Deiri, was identified among the slain insurgents.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals.

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