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Syrian army soldiers, allies recapture areas in northern Hama

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)
Syrian pro-government soldiers patrol the area of Awijah as they advance in the city of Aleppo’s militant-held neighborhoods, October 8, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian army units, backed by pro-government volunteer fighters, have managed to wrest control over a number of areas in the northern part of the country’s western province of Hama following separate skirmishes with Takfiri militants.

An unnamed military source told Syria’s official news agency SANA that Syrian soldiers and their allies stormed the terrorists’ lairs in the Ma’an Village, and seized al-Madajen, al-Burj, Dhahra al-Fots, and Tal Khirbat Kahilah regions on Tuesday.

The source added that scores of foreign-backed extremists were killed in the offensives. A cannon, three mortar rounds and a considerable amount of explosive materials were confiscated as well.

The Takifiri Sham Legion terrorist outfit also announced that one of its military commanders, identified only as Shirikhan, had been killed in a confrontation with government forces in the same Syrian province.

Infiltration attempt thwarted in Dara’a

Additionally, Syrian military forces foiled an attempt by Takfiri terrorists, who were trying to sneak into the Lajah region of the southwestern province of Dara’a from the Badiya desert.

Dozens of extremists were killed or injured during the failed bid.

Elsewhere, in the northwestern city of Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers north of the capital Damascus, a militant commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army, identified as Ahmed Kheiriyah, was killed during clashes with Syrian soldiers.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

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