Syrian security forces have cleared a major suburb of the capital of the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian army drove the foreign-backed militants out of the Damascus suburb of Aqraba on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian army killed a large number of militants in the cities of Aleppo, Deir al-Zour, and Hama.
In addition, the security forces killed a number of snipers in the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
Several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.