Syrian troops drive militants out of more areas


The Syrian Army says it has purged more areas of foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

Syrian government forces launched attacks against militants in the governorates of Homs and Idlib on Monday and killed a large number of them, the official SANA news agency reported.

In addition, the Syrian armed forces captured many machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and missiles.

In Homs, some leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front were killed, and one of the group’s military commanders also died in the fighting. Ismael al-Khaled, Mwafaq al-Ali, Hassib al-Sagheir, Huzaifa al-Khateib, and Hussam Abu al-Ezam were identified among the dead.

In the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, the Syrian Army killed a number of militants, including snipers.

Meanwhile, the fighting between militants and government troops outside Damascus has not died down.

Three mortar shells fired from an unknown destination landed on a French hospital, near a school, and on a street in Damascus.

Witnesses have said the attacks caused material damage but no casualties.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence, and several international human rights organizations say the foreign-sponsored militants have committed war crimes.
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 fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.



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