Press TV- The Syrian military, in high spirits after liberating Syria’s second city of Aleppo from militants, has stepped up its counterterrorism push in Homs Province farther to the south.
Government forces drove Daesh terrorists out of several strategic positions across the sprawling central province on Saturday.
Notable among the advances was the retaking of the Qubbah Hill and surrounding checkpoints in the provincial capital of Homs’ countryside. The terrorists were pushed back to the nearby village of Khattab as a result. Military sources said up to 40 terrorist were killed in the operation.
A unit of the Syrian military also thwarted an attack by Takfiri terrorists against the Jubb al-Jarrah District, which lies 75 kilometers to the east of the city. The official Syrian Arab News Agency said the counteroffensive had killed 20 Takfiris, including a terrorist ringleader named Abu Bakr Halqaya.
The military also struck the positions of the Takfiri terrorist groups of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) in the city’s northern suburbs, killing a number of the militants.
Additionally, the troops made advances in the periphery of the T4 Military Airport in the Homs Province’s southeast after foiling a Daesh attack on the facility.
Daesh was recently flushed out of the ancient city of Palmyra in the province, but has staged a comeback.
On Thursday, the military announced that it had attained full control of the northwestern city of Aleppo, having completely cleansed its eastern side of militants for the first time since 2012. The victory came about despite military support for the militants by the United States, Turkey, and some Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region.
Also on Saturday, the Syrian army found a number of bodies belonging to civilians, including children, in the Sukkari neighborhood of Aleppo after the exodus of the militants, the Syria al-Watan television channel reported. It described the dead as victims of a massacre, and said the corpses had had some body parts cut out and taken away.