Syria forces stiffly confront militants

Syrian security forces have inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants in key areas on the outskirts of Damascus.

On Sunday, the government forces killed and wounded many militants in Darayya, which is a strategic suburb of the capital’s, the official SANA news agency reported.

Earlier, a government official said the Army had taken much of Darayya after nearly two months of fighting in the district.

The Darayya suburb is flanked by the key districts of Mezzeh, which is home to a military airbase, and Kafar Sussah that houses the government headquarters.

Government troops also destroyed the militants’ hideouts and confiscated their weapons.

In addition, the Army killed and wounded many members of armed terrorist groups in Douma Farms and al-Maliha in Damascus countryside.

The security forces also attacked militants in and around the governorates of Hama, Homs, and in Aleppo. The Syrian troops destroyed their hideouts and confiscated weapons.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

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

Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.

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