Syrian soldiers enter a village near the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib governorate. (file photo)
The Syrian Army says it has inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government in different parts of the country.
Syrian government forces launched attacks against militants in the Damascus suburbs of Irbin, Douma, Eteibeh, Ghouta, Zamalka, and the Al-Ebb farms on Monday and killed a large number of them, the official SANA news agency reported.
In addition, the Syrian armed forces captured many machine guns and rifles, ammunition, and communication devices.
Some leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Nusra Front were killed in Douma and Eteibeh, and one of the group’s commanders was killed in Homs.
Government forces also inflicted heavy losses on armed groups near the shrine of Sayeda Sakina, which is in Damascus, and killed the leader of the so-called al-Furqan group.
Al-Furqan’s headquarters in the northwestern city of Idlib also came under attack.
The army says dozens of armed men -- most of whom were Chechen -- were killed or injured in the attack on Idlib.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
Several international human rights organizations say the foreign-sponsored militants have committed war crimes.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.