Syrian army pushes back militants near capital

Syrian army pushes back militants near capital
Mon Dec 16, 2013 07:51:33

The Syrian army has advanced in its mop-up operations against Takfiri and extremist militants on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

On Sunday, the army troops took over key areas in the suburbs of the city of Adra near Damascus. A large number of militants were killed during the operation.

Since its capture, militants have committed many atrocities against the residents of Adra. They have been involved in a series of kidnappings and executions, especially targeting religious minority groups in the city over the past few days.

The Syrian army has been fighting against the militants for several weeks to secure the areas near Damascus.

It has recently conducted successful clean-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.

The extracts of the study by defense consultancy IHS Jane's were published on September 16.

IHS Jane's estimates that some 10,000 militants are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.

The analysis also said that a large number of extremists from foreign countries are also active in Syria.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

According to the United Nations, more than 120,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.


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