State media: Militants flee for Turkey as Syrian army advances

Published December 27th, 2015 - 03:00 GMT

The number of militants from Daesh and other groups withdrawing from Syria toward the Turkish border has doubled in the wake of the recent advances made by Syrian forces.

Syrian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Ali Mayhoub said Saturday that the Syrian army has made fresh gains in the fight against Daesh in many areas including the capital city, Damascus, Dara’a, Suwayda, Latakia, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs.

Also on Saturday, the Syrian air force destroyed a convoy of vehicles belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in the village of al-Hbeit, on the border between Idlib and Hama provinces.

Meanwhile, army units discovered a 200-meter-long tunnel between Housh al-Farah and Housh Nasri in Douma Farms area, located east of Damascus, where Daesh is active, Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported.

The tunnel was reportedly used for the transfer of weapons and the movement of the militants.

The army also said it had destroyed command positions of militants in the countryside of Hama and Idlib provinces over the past 24 hours.

A command position of Ahrar al-Sham was destroyed in Hama, as well as a command position of the al-Nusra Front in an area located east of the town of Latamna. 

The Syrian army has recently carried out a number of operations to recapture Daesh-controlled areas, especially since Russia's airstrike campaign, which began on September 30.

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