Syrian army forces have liberated the town of al - Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, killing scores of foreign - backed Takfiri militants operating inside Syria.

Army units retaking the full control of al - Sarkha from foreign - backed Takfiri militants, restored “security and stability” in the town, a Syrian military source told the official SANA news agency on Monday.

The source also said that government forces also took control of the mountains surrounding al - Sarkha and killed a huge number of the militants. The achievement came as the army forces have been conducting a series of attacks against the militants across the country since mid - March.

Government forces began an operation on Sunday to liberate the surrounding areas of the strategic region. On Sunday, President Bashar al - Assad said that the war in Syria has shifted strongly in favor of the government forces as they have made continuous gains against the foreign - backed Takfiri militants.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence 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.