Exclusive: Syrian army frees border town in Homs

Tue Jun 25, 2013 22:20:29

Syrian army has taken full control over another strategic town in northwestern borders of the country.

According to al-Alam reporter, Syrian army’s anti-terrorist operations continued in Homs province on Tuesday, during which the town of Talkalakh was successfully cleared from armed groups.

Talkalakh is located just north of the border with Lebanon and west of Homs.

Militant groups in Talkalakh transferred arms and other military aids from Lebanon to Syria.

One of the residents of Talkalakh told our reporter that people had suffered presence of extremist armed men for so long. He said they occupied the town and started raiding houses and stealing people’s properties.

He said “army soldiers are our brothers and we support them, if they hadn’t come here the terrorists would have beheaded us all”.

Syrian people in the occupied towns have been suffering from numerous terrorist gangs and radical militant groups who have infiltrated their hometowns and imposed their own ruling systems in each town and village.

Anti-government armed groups are feared in many parts of the country as they show no mercy on people, killing young children and torturing anyone who does not cooperate with them.

However after months of bloody conflict, the Syrian army has made considerable advancement in the past months in regaining control over border areas to eliminate smuggling of arms and forces to the country.

They were able to secure Qusayr and have been improving in the vast province of Aleppo which is an important stronghold for terrorists.

As Syrian soldiers, backed by volunteer civilian fighter are struggling with a massive bloody insurgency charged by several outsider powers, the US and its regional and western allies are pushing hard to arm the insurgents to topple the Damascus government.

Syria crisis started as pro-reform protests but with interventions from the United States, UK and their allies it soon turned to a massive insurgency which took in numerous terrorist groups from all over Europe and Middle East to wage one of the bloodiest wars the region has ever experienced.

The war, which many fear is turning to a “war of hatred”, has already taken more than 100,000 lives.

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