sábado, 14 de dezembro de 2013
Syria Battle Damascus K 24
Syrian armed forces have killed a number of militants northeast of Damascus, two days after al-Qaeda-linked terrorists infiltrated into the region.
The attack was carried out on Friday when Syrian soldiers ambushed the militants in the town of Adra.
Security sources said a senior militant leader was killed in the operation.
On Wednesday, militants affiliated to the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the so-called Jaysh al-Islam infiltrated Adra, killing at least 20 Alawite residents and abducting several others.
They also attacked government buildings as well as the main police station in the town.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army has been tightening the noose on militants in their strongholds throughout the country.
In recent days, army units have made fresh gains in the strategic town of Yarbud, which lies near the border with Lebanon.
Army troops also took control of the strategic Damascus-Homs highway after seizing most of al-Nabk in the mountainous Qalamoun region.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.
The UN has predicted that more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.