Syria army kills militants in mop-ups in NW

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The Syrian army continues its mop-up operations against the militants in the northwest of the country, killing a number of them.

Syrian government forces attacked the militants near al-Naqarin, in the suburbs of the city of Aleppo, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.

The troops also captured a warehouse used by the militants in Tal al-Zarzour neighborhood and killed all the insurgents there. Army units also confiscated all weaponry and missiles stored in the warehouse.

This is the latest in a series of army advances in the area. Last week, army units secured the al-Dweireneh town, east of the al-Nayrab airport in Aleppo.

Meanwhile, a foreign-backed rights group said in a statement issued on Sunday that Syrian troops killed nearly 100 extremists, most of them from al-Qaeda-linked groups, al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in the suburbs of Damascus.

The group added that about 60 Syrian soldiers also lost their lives in the fighting.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

In a recent statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled the country’s 29-month-long conflict, reached two million.

The UN refugee agency also said some 4.2 million people have also been displaced inside Syria since the beginning of the conflict in the Arab country.

 

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