Syrian government troops advance on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo on March 8, 2017 near the town of al-Khafsah. (Photo by AFP)
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Syrian government forces have freed a large area of land which was previously held by the Daesh terrorist group in the country’s central regions.
Syrian forces liberated the around 2000 kilometers of land located in the Homs province’s Badiya region on Saturday, some two days after besieging the territory.
According to military sources, the territories were liberated following intensive operations against Daesh-held positions to the north of the town of Sukhnah, which was retaken from the terrorists earlier in the month.
The sources noted that a large number of terrorists were killed in the operations, and their equipment and weapons were also destroyed.
The full liberation of Badiya is seen as key for retaking Dayr al-Zawr, the last Syrian province that remains almost completely under Daesh’s grip.
On Thursday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Syrian troops, advancing against terrorists in the north and south of the region, recaptured Jabal Dahek area and dealt a "strategic" blow to the Daesh elements in Badiya.
Over the past months, Syrian forces have been fighting for Badiya, which stretches from central Syria to the Iraqi and Jordanian borders and has been under Daesh’s control since 2014.
Daesh has retreated from much of the territory under its control amid recent sweeping gains made by Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters against the terror outfit.
Sources: PressTV/ AFP