Syrian soldiers celebrate following clashes with insurgents in Aleppo, September 17, 2012.
The Syrian army has killed a number of foreign-backed insurgents in the Maysaloon neighborhood of the northwestern city of Aleppo, Press TV reports.
Syrian military sources say army forces clashed with insurgents in different areas in Aleppo including Maysaloon and Bustan al-Qasr and inflicted heavy losses on them.
The Syrian army has stepped up its efforts to clear more areas of the country of the insurgents.
Earlier, the army announced that it has now taken control of the Kadam district near the capital, Damascus, declaring the area as “safe” and “gunmen-free.”
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.
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 insurgents are foreign nationals. Damascus also says that the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
On September 15, UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met with President Bashar al-Assad and other Syrian officials in Damascus.
Brahimi stated during the meeting with the Syrian president that the solution to the unrest in Syria “can only come from the Syrian people.”