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Syrian soldiers liberate southern key town of Tafas in Dara’a province: Report

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In this file picture released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian army soldiers flash the victory sign in the Rashideen neighborhood, in northern Aleppo province, Syria.

Syrian government forces are now in full control of a strategic town in southwestern province of Dara’a following an intense operation against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing an unnamed field commander, reported that Syrian army units entered the town of Tafas, which lies north of the provincial capital city of Dara’a, on Thursday for the first since they lost it eight years ago.

The commander said the government troops are trying to restore security to Tafas with the cooperation of the local people.

They have already launched an operation to clear the area of explosive devices and ordnance left behind by militants.

This handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 11, 2021, shows a view of the town of Tafas in the southwestern province of Dara’a after government forces and their allies retook it after eight years.

Provincial police commander Dirar al-Dandal security forces will restart their activities in the town in the next few days.

Explosion heard in Syria's southern Quneitra prov.

Separately, an explosion was heard in Syria's southwestern Quneitra province late on Thursday. State-run al-Ikhbariyah Syria television said the blast was heard in the town of Khan Arnabah.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear. 

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.

Syrian government troops and their allies have managed to retake roughly 80 percent of the war-ravaged Arab country’s territory from the Takfiri terrorists.

The Syrian army is fighting to drive out remaining militants, but the presence of US and European forces and Turkish troops has slowed down its advances.    

Israel has been a staunch supporter of the terrorist groups that violently oppose the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Tel Aviv regime frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of the Hezbollah resistance movement that is helping the Syrian army.

Israel mostly keeps quiet about its aggression in Syria, which many view as the regime's knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism.

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