Syrian Army troops take full control of al-Daba’a town

Syrian Army soldiers jubilate. (file photo)

 

Syrian Army troops have taken control of al-Daba’a town in the central province of Homs, a day after they fully purged the strategic border town of al-Qusayr from foreign-sponsored militants.

On Thursday, Syrian troops liberated the town after fierce exchange of fire with the militants.

Syria’s state television reported on Wednesday that Syrian forces had regained full control of Qusayr following three weeks of fighting.

Many foreign-backed militants were killed or injured throughout the mop-up operations conducted by Syrian soldiers in the town.

The militants fled to farms and a nearby village. Reports indicate that peace and security have now been restored in the region.

Syrian troops backed by the forces of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19.

Qusayr had been an important center and supply route for the foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes.

Source: Press TV

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Syrian Army recaptures key Golan Heights crossing

A file photo of Syrian Army troops

Syrian army troops have established control over a key crossing in the israeli-occupied Golan Heights shortly after it fell into the hands of foreign-backed militants.

On Thursday, Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing – situated between Syria and the Golan Heights – after heavy clashes with anti-government gunmen.

Earlier in the day, israeli media reported that foreign-backed militants had seized the crossing.

Meanwhile, Austria has announced that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the UN monitoring force on the Golan Heights in wake of ongoing battles in the area.

Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), and their departure will deal a serious blow to the mission.

israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law.

The israeli regime has used various means to help the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria, including the provision of medical assistance.

Also on Thursday, the Syrian troops recaptured the town of al-Daba’a. This came after the Army liberated the strategic town of Qusayr on Wednesday following three weeks of fighting with the militants.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Source: Press TV

Syria ends 1st phase of Qusayr operation

The Syrian army has successfully concluded the first phase of its operation in the western city of Qusayr. (File photo)

The Syrian army has successfully concluded the first phase of its operation in the strategic western city of Qusayr.

According to reports from the city, an unknown number of security agents from different foreign countries have been detained or killed during the operation.

Syrian forces have inflicted major losses on the militants in Qusayr, destroying their weaponry and equipment.

The Syrian army has also found several caches of weapons, mostly containing israeli-made ammunition.

Qusayr, which is located in the central province of Homs, has been the scene of fierce clashes between Syrian forces and militants over the past few days.

The senior commander of the terrorist group al-Nusra Front, Abu Omar, was among those killed in battle on May 21.

The crisis in Syria began in March 2011.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on May 18 that militants from 29 different countries were fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

President Assad also said in April that the situation in Syria was improving as the army enjoyed people’s support in the fight against terrorism.

The Syrian army said in a statement issued on May 21 that it had destroyed an Israeli military vehicle that drove toward the village of Bir Ajam, located in the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights.

Source: Press TV

Al-Qusayr Battle Continues, Syrian Army in Control

Clashes between the Syrian Army and militants continued in Al-Qusayr on Monday, after fierce battles on Sunday killed large numbers of militants and helped the Syrian Army regain control over most of the town.

Al-Manar correspondent in Syria reported that the Syrian Army had killed large numbers and captured dozens of militants, while the rest escaped.

In parallel, Syrian News Agency SANA reported the “Army restored security and stability to most of Al-Qusayr city neighborhoods in Homs countryside and eliminated large numbers of terrorists, most of them non-Syrians.”

The news agency quoted a military source as saying that “dozens of terrorists laid down their weapons and surrendered to the army.”

“Among the killed terrorists were Nawaf Alwani, leader of a terrorist group affiliated to Al-Nusra Front,” SANA added, indicating that the Army had also “destroyed large numbers of tunnels used by terrorists to carry out operations and hide their weapons.”

Source: Al Manar