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Syrian troops recapture strategic Saida town in southeastern Dara’a

Syrian army soldiers have managed to establish full control over a strategic town in the country’s southwestern province of Dara’a, as they are engaged in counter-terrorism operations to put an ultimate end to the presence of foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the eastern and southeastern sectors of the province.

On Thursday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that government forces advanced towards the Dara’a al-Balad residential area of Dara’a, located about 13 kilometers north of the border with Jordan, where militants affiliated to the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, Takfiri terror group are positioned.

The operation inflicted heavy losses on militant ranks. A number of rocket launch pads belonging to Takfiri terrorists were destroyed in the process as well.

Syrian army soldiers then entirely recaptured Saida, situated some 10 kilometers east of Dara’a, after fierce clashes with militants and driving the Takfiris out of a Syrian Air Defense Force base southeast of the town.

A number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the gun battle, while several others fled towards the nearby town of al-Taiba.

Syrian bomb disposal units are now combing the liberated area for hidden ordnance and explosive devices, which terrorists have planted there to slow down the advance of army forces.

The recent territorial gain will propel Syrian army soldiers into quicker recapture of Um Elmiathin town, before retaking the Nassib border crossing.

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