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Syrian army finds US-made arms in militant depot in Quneitra

Syrian government forces have carried out a string of clean-up operations in the country’s southwestern province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, discovering a substantial amount of munitions, some of them US-built, from a former stronghold of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists.

An unnamed military source told Syria’s official news agency SANA that Syrian soldiers launched the operations on the outskirts of the town of Jubata al-Khashab on Thursday to clear the area of hidden explosive devices and ordnance left behind by the militants.

The source added that the weapons were hidden inside two underground tunnels dug by terrorists, which included artillery rounds, rockets, night-vision devices, American BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles as well as various types of machine guns.

Separately, Syrian army units targeted and destroyed the rocket launch pads of the terrorist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in Maar Tahroma village of the country’s northwestern province of Idlib, killing dozens of the extremists in the process.

Syrian government forces also pounded the positions of the terrorists in al-Lataminah town, located 39 kilometers northwest of Hama, dealing heavy blows to them.

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 that are wreaking havoc in the country.

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