Syr­ian army forces seize ar­eas in Homs, Dayr al-Zawr

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces, sup­ported by al­lied fight­ers from pop­u­lar de­fense groups, have con­tin­ued to progress in the coun­try’s cen­tral prov­inces of Homs and Dayr al-Zawr, killing scores of for­eign-spon­sored Tak­firi mil­i­tants dur­ing their counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions.

A mil­i­tary source, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, told Syria’s of­fi­cial news agency SANA that Syr­ian sol­diers and their al­lies could take full con­trol of al-Dhaliyat re­gion in the Humeima dis­trict, which lies on the bor­der be­tween Homs and Dayr al-Zawr prov­inces, on Mon­day.

The source added that scores of the Is­lamic State in Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL/Daesh) ter­ror­ists were killed and their mu­ni­tions de­stroyed dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, not­ing that bomb dis­posal teams are now clear­ing the area of land­mines and im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs) planted by the ter­ror­ists.

The fighter jets of the Syr­ian Air Force also car­ried out a se­ries of airstrikes against ISIL po­si­tions and sup­ply routes across Dayr al-Zawr Prov­ince, leav­ing a large num­ber of the Tak­firis dead and in­jured.

Sep­a­rately, Syr­ian army units struck ISIL po­si­tions in the vicin­ity of al-Maqaber and al-Panorama ar­eas, killing 18 ISIL ter­ror­ists and de­stroy­ing an ar­mored ve­hi­cle as well as two pickup trucks equipped with heavy ma­chine­guns.

Else­where on the south­ern out­skirts of the cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus, Syr­ian sol­diers, backed by ar­tillery units and Air Force jets, en­gaged Jab­hat Fateh al-Sham, for­merly known as al-Nusra Front (Jab­hat al-Nusra), mil­i­tants in Beir al-Kassab and Ra­jem al-Sarikhi dis­tricts, killing many Tak­firis.

Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces also re­pulsed a mil­i­tant at­tack, killing a num­ber of ter­ror­ists and de­stroy­ing five pickup trucks equipped with heavy ma­chine­guns, two am­mu­ni­tion trucks and two rocket launch­ers.

Syria has been fight­ing dif­fer­ent for­eign-spon­sored mil­i­tant and ter­ror­ist groups since March 2011. United Na­tions Special En­voy for Syria Staffan de Mis­tura es­ti­mated last Au­gust that more than 400,000 peo­ple had been killed in the cri­sis un­til then.

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