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Syrian army liberates airport near Damascus from Daesh

A Syrian army jet is guided out of the hangar at al-Dumayr military airport near the capital city of Damascus on April 8, 2016. ©AFP

The Syrian army forces have wrested control of a military airport near the capital, Damascus, marking the latest in a string of victories over the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

The recapture of the strategic al-Sin air base took place late on Saturday as the Syrian army continues its advances against militants, Arabic-language Syria Now news website reported.

The Syrian soldiers further liberated the Safa resort in eastern Qalamoun region.

Meanwhile, 20 terrorists were killed while four of their vehicles were destroyed in heavy clashes with the Syrian troops in a village located in the southern Suwayda Province.

The Syrian forces further foiled a Daesh attack on a village in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr. 

The country’s air force further struck positions held by Daesh in the southeastern part of the recently-liberated city of Palmyra in Homs Province.

Syrian army soldiers walk on a street in Palmyra as the Palmyra citadel is seen in the background in the Homs province, Syria, April 14, 2016. ©AP

In another development on Saturday, a roadside improvised explosive device went off in the suburb of the city of Dara'a, killing one person and injuring four other members of a family.

In addition, mortar attacks by terrorists in a district in the northern province of Aleppo left two Syrian dead and five more wounded.

The Syrian forces recently thwarted terrorist attacks on al-Dumayr military airfield, located in the eastern countryside of Damascus.

Last week, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the Damascus government currently controls sizable parts of Syria, with fresh gains made by the Syrian forces against Daesh over the past few months.

Backed by the Russian air cover, the Syrian army has vowed to press ahead with its counter-terror military operations and drive Daesh elements out of their major strongholds in the war-wracked country.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly conflict it blames on some foreign states for more than five years. The militancy has left over 470,000 people dead so far, according to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research.

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