Syrian army soldiers have killed dozens of foreign - sponsored militants during mop - up operations on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
On Tuesday, a number of militants were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops at Misraba junction in the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers(six miles) northeast of Damascus, the official SANA news agency reported. Terrorist hideouts were also raided by the Syrian forces in the suburb of Ghouta. The militants slain during the battle were from the foreign - backed terrorist group Jabhat al - Nusra(Victory Front). In addition, Syrian troops stormed a terrorist hideout in the al - Ibb Farms area, and shot dead scores of militants. A large amount of weapons and munitions was also destroyed after the fierce gun battle. A unit of government forces also killed a number of snipers and arrested two in the suburb of Shaba’a Farms. Moreover, Syrian troops destroyed a large amount of weapons and ammunition used by anti - government gunmen in the town of al - Bilalia. In the town of Zamalka, about four kilometers(2.5 miles) east of Damascus, Syrian soldiers raided a terrorist hideout and shot dead scores of militants. A large amount of munitions was also destroyed after the fierce gun battle. Moreover, Syrian troops clashed with militants affiliated to the terrorist group Jabhat al - Nusra in the district of Adraa. Dozens of gunmen were killed during the heavy clashes. Separately, Syrian soldiers attacked armed men in the town of Jobar, located 2 kilometers(1.2 miles) northeast of Damascus, and killed a large number of them. Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants. Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes.