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Syria army, Hezbollah kill two Nusra Front commanders in Qalamoun

The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah resistance fighters, has thwarted an attack by terrorists in Syria’s Qalamoun region, killing two commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist group.

Informed sources said the terrorist commanders were killed on Thursday during fierce fighting which broke out in Qalamoun, located on Damascus countryside, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV channel reported.

In a post on its Twitter account, Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah identified one of those slain as Abu Obaida, adding that the militant was killed in Syria’s southwestern town of Serghaya.

In another development on Thursday, Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters managed to completely wrest control over the Mallah farms near the northwestern city of Aleppo.

They further recaptured the Castello road, which was used by terrorists as a strategic path to the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, SANA news agency reported that the Syrian army managed to foil an attack by the Takfiri Daesh terrorists on a number of military posts in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Lebanon is also suffering from the spillover of militancy in neighboring Syria.

Hezbollah fighters have been assisting Syrian army forces in fending off several terrorist attacks.

Hezbollah and the Syrian military began a joint offensive on the Lebanon-Syria border last year to dislodge the Daesh and Nusra Front militants from the area. The Lebanese army also strikes the extremists’ hideouts on a nearly daily basis.

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