Syrian Army makes more gains against militants countrywide
On Monday, the army troops killed at least 35 foreign-backed militants in an ambush in Ghouta, an eastern suburb of the capital Damascus.
The troops seized different types of weapons as they fought the militants.
Army units also restored security to villages in the central province of Hama. They also repelled an attack on the 17th Division base in the northeastern province of Raqqa.
Meanwhile, Syrians in the western province of Homs rallied to celebrate the liberation of Qusayr. People marched through the streets waving Syrian flags and chanting slogans.
Last week, Syrian troops established control over the city of Qusayr following weeks of heavy clashes with foreign-backed militants.
Syrian troops were backed by forces from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah during the Qusayr operation.
The Syrian Army is now in control of most of the towns and villages near the border with Lebanon.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants.
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