The Syrian army is making progress in its operations against foreign - backed Takfiri militants in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus.Syrian troops on Sunday advanced into some areas of Damascus suburbs including al - Qaboun and Jobar, inflicting heavy losses on the militants. In Jobar, the army units gained more ground after killing a number of militants and confiscating weapons. The army also discovered a militant hideout used for making explosives near al - Manasher square, where poisonous chemical materials including chlorine were found. Some of the chemical containers had ‘Made in Saudi Arabia’ label on them. The Syrian army also regained control of al - Musiqa battalion base, which is still in the range of militant sniper fire. According to official sources, more than 60 percent of Jobar is under the control of the army. Syrian army personnel told Press TV that they would continue operations until clearing all of the suburb area of Eastern Ghuta. In al - Qaboun, fierce fighting between the army and militants continued, with the army securing the municipality building and a school. Several residential buildings were also cleared of militants. On July 13, Syrian forces took control of an industrial zone in al - Qaboun that links it with Jobar. Reports coming out of Syria suggest that government forces are pushing ahead with their mop - up operations against the militants across the country. The army has recently conducted successful clean - up operations, inflicting heavy losses on Takfiris. Foreign - sponsored militancy in Syria has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, since March 2011. Western powers and their regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting the anti - Syria militant groups, including al - Qaeda - linked terrorists. In an interview with Syrian dailyAl - Thawra published on July 4, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the opposition and their foreign supporters have “exhausted all their tools” in a conspiracy against Syria.