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Syria army retakes strategic town of Adra


The Syrian army has managed to retake control of the strategic town of Adra in the southern part of the country.

According to Syrian military sources on Thursday, the victory came nearly a year after foreign-backed Takfiri militants took control of the southern town.

Security sources further noted that Syrian army units pushed militants out of the town after hours of intense fighting.

The army also secured strategic highways and an industrial zone on the outskirts of the town.

The town, located northeast of the capital, Damascus, reportedly came under siege by militants in December last year.

The Syrian army also conducted successful operations against key terrorist positions across the crisis-hit country.

Syrian army units launched an attack on the positions of militants in the province of Quneitra in southwestern Syria, killing scores of terrorists. The Syrian soldiers also destroyed militants’ weaponry in the operation.

Syrian soldiers also stormed a major hideout belonging to militants in the countryside of the capital, confiscating huge amounts of ammunition there.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of it mostly in the east.

The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate of the real total number of people killed.”

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