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Syria’s army retakes more towns in southwest

Syrian army troops have liberated more towns in southwestern Syria from the foreign-backed Takfiri militants.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that the government forces raised the Syrian flag in the town of Jubata al-Khashab, Quneitra province, on Wednesday, a day after militants were evacuated under a deal with Damascus. Jubata al-Khashab was a stronghold of militants.

According to the report, the last batch of militants who refused to reconcile with the government left the town with their families and headed to northern Syria on Tuesday.

In the neighboring province of Dara’a, the Syrian army gained ground too, retaking the town of Qasir from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

SANA said the town was the terrorists’ last stronghold in Dara’a.

The government advances come as President Bashar al-Assad said the final victory over terrorism was close thanks to the sacrifices of the Syrian Armed Forces.

In recent weeks, the Syrian army has been trying to wrest control over the southern provinces of Dara’a and Quneitra, which border the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Takfiri militants have been handing over their heavy weapons to Syrian government forces and leaving the region in negotiated surrender deals.

The full liberation of both Dara’a and Quneitra by Syrian government forces would cut the much-reported collaboration between Israel and anti-Damascus militants operating in the two regions.

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