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UK to keep backing Syria militants until Assad is gone: Cameron

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In a still video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament on June 3, 2015, British Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he responds to a question in the House of Commons in London. (AFP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK will continue supporting militants fighting against the Syrian government.

Cameron told the parliament on Wednesday that what he called the “moderate” militants will continue to be trained for their fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Terrorists from the ISIL Takfiri group and other militant factions have caused a crisis in Syria, where they are committing atrocities against the nation.

Cameron, meanwhile, accused the government of supporting terrorists in the region, saying, "In Syria, the situation is far, far worse, but we should still continue, with others, with the plan of training the moderate Syrian opposition and trying to bring about a transition... That is the strategy we should pursue, for however long it takes to succeed."

Militants from the so-called Free Syria Army battle with government forces in the neighborhood of Askar in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)

Apart from supporting the militants, the United Kingdom is also part of a US-led coalition that has been engaged in airstrikes purportedly against the ISIL Takfiris in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Takfiris retreating

Meanwhile, there were reports that the last remaining Takfiri terrorists near the Syrian border with Lebanon were being eliminated by Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.

A Hezbollah fighter patrols a hill on the Lebanese side of the Qalamun mountains on the border with Syria on May 20, 2015. (AFP)

The movement said on Wednesday that it had contained the al-Nusra militants in the Qalamun mountains north of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Hezbollah television station al-Manar said the fighters were engaged in "violent clashes" near the city of Arsal, where they liberated several areas and destroyed the Takfiris’ vehicles, "leaving dozens dead and wounded."

Hezbollah soldiers are "encircling the caves and the locations where the armed men of al-Nusra are."

Al-Manar released footage showing the resistance fighters storming a hill in an offensive against the terrorist group, battling the government of President Assad.

Last August, elements from the al-Nusra and the ISIL Takfiri groups overran Arsal briefly and took several Lebanese captive. According to reports, 25 soldiers and police officers are still being held hostage.

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