Last militant bastion in Syria’s Qalamoun recaptured by army

Last militant bastion in Syria’s Qalamoun recaptured by army
Tue Apr 15, 2014 17:29:17

Syrian army forces have recaptured the last militant-held village in the Qalamoun strategic region near capital, Damascus.

Aasal al-Ward was recaptured after militants surrendered to the army forces who have been fighting non-stop to expand the security ring around the capital.

Al-Alam reporter said militants, mostly from al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra front, fled the village as the army entered the area this morning.

The news came a day after Syrian forces recaptured the Christian town of Maaloula in Qalamoun, as well as the villages of Sarkha and Jibbeh.

The capture of Aasal al-Ward is the most recent victory in the army’s ongoing campaign to retake control of the mountainous border region, which began in November.


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