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Syrian Army inflicts heavy losses on foreign-backed militants

Syrian soldiers enter a village near the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib governorate. (file photo)

Syrian soldiers enter a village near the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib governorate. (file photo)

The Syrian Army says it has inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

Syrian soldiers killed a number of militants in the Damascus suburbs of Douma, Harasta, Erbeen, and Beit Sahem, the army stated on Saturday.

Automatic rifles, machine guns, RPG rounds, and ammunition were seized in Douma and Harasta.

In the west, government forces inflicted heavy losses on armed groups in the Hula area of Homs province, while the army continues clearing operations in the southwestern city of Dara’a.

Syrian troops also killed and injured a number of armed men in operations that targeted militant hideouts and gatherings in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and the city of Aleppo in the north.

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

Several international human rights organizations say the foreign-sponsored militants have committed war crimes.

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.

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