Syrian army makes gains in strategic Qalamoun region
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows pro-regime forces holding a position during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
Syrian forces have entered the town of al-Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, retaking the full control of the town from rebels operating inside Syria.
The official SANA news agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying that army units restored “security and stability” in al-Sarkha on Monday.
The source also said that government forces also took control of the mountains surrounding al-Sarkha and killed a huge number of the militants.
The achievement came as the army forces have been conducting a series of attacks against the militants across the country since mid-March.
On Sunday, government forces began an operation to liberate the surrounding areas of the strategic region.
On Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad said that the war in Syria has shifted strongly in favor of the government forces as they have made continuous gains against the foreign-backed Takfiri militants.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.