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Syrian govt. forces, allies recapture more areas near Jordan border

Syrian government forces, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have continued their counter-terrorism operations in the country’s southernmost province of Suwayda, and gained more ground in their fight against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.

The media bureau of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement reported on Thursday that Syrian army troops and their allies were now in control of all checkpoints and outpost on the border with Jordan.

Said Saef, spokesman for the Western-backed militant group Martyr Ahmed Abdo Brigade, said the advances came from two sides in the eastern countryside of Suwayda.

“They are now on the Jordanian border and back to outposts they had evacuated early in the conflict,” Saef added.

Another militant spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the army gains were made after members of Jaish al-Ashair militant group pulled out of the areas in the face of army attacks.

Syrian state-run TV later reported that government troops had captured an area of 1,300 square kilometers in addition to some strategic hills.

Elsewhere in the troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, Syrian army forces and pro-government fighters pounded the positions of Daesh Takfiri terrorists, killing and injuring scores of them.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that army units clashed with the Daesh extremists on the outskirts of Dayr al-Zawr Airport, eliminating many terrorists and destroying their munitions.

Syrian Air Force jets and artillery units also struck Daesh fortifications in al-Mawared, al-Banorama and al-Thurdeh areas in addition to the villages of al-Boughailiyeh , al-Tabni and al-Qasabi.

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