Syria troops retake key town outside Damascus: military

August 14, 2014 5:33 PM

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DAMASCUS: Syrian government forces on Thursday (Aug 14) retook a key town on the outskirts of the capital Damascus after a months-long battle against rebels, a military source and state television said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group backed up the report.

"The army, with the cooperation of the National Defence Forces (militia), has accomplished its mission of restoring stability and security to Mleiha," the army command said in a statement. It added that troops carried out "a series of crucial operations killing a large number of takfiri (Islamic ext...

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