Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:41PM
Foreign-sponsored insurgents in Syria (file photo)

Foreign-sponsored insurgents in Syria (file photo)

Reports say Syrian security forces have killed and injured a number of foreign-sponsored insurgents in the flashpoint northwestern city of Aleppo. The Syrian army engaged the insurgents in Aleppo’s central area of Seif al-Dawla as the government troops are carrying out a mop-up operation in order to strengthen their grip on the city. Meanwhile, heavy clashes have erupted between Syrian security forces and insurgents in the western neighborhood of Mazzeh in Damascus. This comes after the Syrian army foiled an infiltration attempt by militants in Tal-Kalakh near the country’s border with Lebanon. The Syrian troops have many times blocked such attempts by the foreign-sponsored insurgents over the past months. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the unrest that began in Syria in March 2011. The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but Russia and China remain opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation. TNP/JR/SS
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