Saturday Dec 07, 201302:11 PM GMT
Syria army retakes al-Nabk town near Damascus
A picture taken on December 3, 2013 shows government forces gathering around a vehicle near al-Nabak, in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
A picture taken on December 3, 2013 shows government forces gathering around a vehicle near al-Nabak, in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
Syria army has continued its operations against foreign-backed militants in the country, regaining the control of an area near al-Nabk town, north of the capital Damascus.


On Saturday, government forces cleared the outskirts of the al-Nabk from militants in Qalamoun region in Syria’s southwest.

Officials said the troops were inside the town, located 81 kilometers north of Damascus, fighting against militants.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

The army has managed to regain control of many regions and towns from the militants in recent months.

On December 3, the army carried out mop-up operations in al-Arqoub area situated northeast of al-Nabk. The troops dismantled several explosive devices during their operations.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

A report published by BBC on Saturday said al-Qaeda-linked groups are using “safe houses” in southern Turkey to send foreign militants to Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The report confirmed that Turkey is now becoming an increasingly organized supply route for al-Qaeda-linked foreign militants fighting in Syria.

The report also quoted a French militant as saying that "there are thousands of us, literally from every corner of the world."

Over the past year, thousands of foreign militants have poured into Syria to fight government forces.

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