The Syrian Army says it has inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government.Friday saw another day of clashes in different places across the country.
In the flashpoint city of Aleppo, some leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front were killed, and one of the group’s military commanders died in the fighting, the official SANA news agency reported.
The army said it also killed and wounded many “terrorists” in the fighting in the Damascus suburbs of Jobar, al-Moaddamieh, Darayya, Doumaal-Zabadani, al-Nabik, and al-Hajar al-Aswad and seized their weapons.
Abdul-Rahman Amin, Ahmad Sharshar, Bashir Taffour, Amer Hussein, Muhammad al-Ka’ka, and Ahmad al-Raksha were identified among the dead.
Syrian government forces also launched attacks against militants in the governorates of Homs, Al-Hasakah, and Deir Ezzor, killed a large number of them, and captured many machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and anti-tank missiles.
In addition, a unit of the Syrian armed forces ambushed militants affiliated with the al-Nusra Front in the town of Deir Ezzor and killed many of them, including their leader, Samer Antar al-Muhaisen.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
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 militants are foreign nationals.
In an interview broadcast on German television on February 20, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the government did not start the conflict and the militant groups were the ones killing Syrian citizens and destroying the country’s infrastructure.