Syrian Army Retakes Two Strategic Towns Near Lebanon
The Syrian army has managed to regain control of two more towns near the border with Lebanon, as government forces continue to gain new ground in the strategic Qalamoun region.
“The Army and Armed Forces restored…stability and security to the towns of Ras al-Maara and Fleita in Qalamoun…after getting rid of the fleeing terrorists and destroying their weapons,” Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Saturday.
Flita and Ras Maara, situated in Syria’s western region of Qalamoun, are the last bastions for the foreign-backed terrorist groups operating in the area.
SANA further quoted an army source, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying that Syrian forces have killed and wounded many Takfiri militants during their operations in the two towns.
Meanwhile, Syrian forces continued their military operations against the Takfiri groups in other parts of the crisis-hit country.
On Saturday, Syrian soldiers killed many terrorist groups after attacking their den and destroying their weapons in a northern countryside of Syria’s port city of Lattakia.
Syrian government forces also carried out similar military operations in Homs, Aleppo and Daraa, inflicting heavy losses on the foreign-sponsored militants.
In recent months, Syrian government forces have been making fresh gains in their operations in militant-held areas around Damascus and the northeastern city of Aleppo.
On March 19, the Syrian army units took full control of the town of Ras al-Ain, also in the Qalamoun region. The town was under control of foreign-backed militants for months.
Syria has been the scene of a deadly crisis since March 2011. Some sources say over 140,000 people have been killed and millions displaced because of the foreign-backed turmoil.