Syrian Army Repulses Another Militant Attack near Damascus
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syria’s army and its allies foiled a second attack by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group in Damascus’ countryside.
On Tuesday, Syrian forces inflicted major losses on the terrorists in Jobar after they attempted to sneak into Maghazel al-Naseej area in north of the suburban district, Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported.
A military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said large groups of the militants and their allies lost their lives in the clashes.
On Sunday, the Takfiri group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, launched a similar offensive in Jobar which was repelled by the Syrian army.
The military killed and injured a number of the Takfiris, destroyed two of the attackers’ explosives-laden vehicles, and stopped them as they tried to make an inroad into the district through underground tunnels.
Jobar separates Eastern Ghouta, which holds large Takfiri concentrations, from Damascus proper.
Over the past six years, Syria has been fighting foreign-sponsored militancy. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated in August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the Syrian crisis until then. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.