Syrian Army soldiers have killed several foreign - backed militants fighting against the government forces in the northwestern governorate of Idlib.On Sunday, the army said it “eliminated terrorists” who were committing acts of looting and intimidating the citizens in Armala Town in Jisr al-Shughour Idlib and seized their weapons, the official SANA news agency reported. Government troops also killed a large number of militants in several areas in Binnish and al-Nairab towns. The soldiers also targeted insurgents in the areas of Kifr Najd, Nahla, and Kureen in Idlib. Syrian government forces also launched attacks against militants in the governorates of Damascus, Hama, Lattakia, Homs, Deir ez-Zor, and Aleppo on Sunday and killed a large number of them. In addition, the Syrian armed forces captured many machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, hand-made rockets, mortar shells, and anti-tank missiles. The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. In an interview recently broadcast on German television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the government did not start the conflict and the militant groups were the ones killing Syrian citizens and destroying the country’s infrastructure.