The Syrian army continues its clean - up operations in several provinces, inflicting heavy losses on the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al - Assad.
The army killed scores of militants in the northern city of Aleppo and its countryside on Tuesday. The government troops also destroyed 4 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition near Aleppo Central Prison. Moreover, the army units battled foreign-backed militants at the entrance of Mourk town in the northern countryside of Hama province, killing 20 of them. The Syrian armed forces captured several machine guns in the villages of al-Arshouneh and Rasm al-Khirbet in the eastern countryside of al-Salamiyeh in the province. On Monday, the Syrian army took back control of the ancient Christian town of Sadad from al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside the Arab country. On the same day, state news agency, SANA, quoted an unnamed official source as saying that the military “restored security and stability” to the town of Sadad, north of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence. The UN also says more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country. Two million Syrians are expected to take refuge outside the country while another 2.25 million are predicted to be internally displaced during the next year.