JNN 20 May 2014 Damascus : The head of Syria’s air defenses has been Martyred in an attack by foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting against the Syrian government.
Lieutenant General Hussein Ishaq, according to reports on Sunday, died from injuries in the attack on an airbase near the town of Mleiha.
The Syrian government has not yet commented on the news.
A Large Number of Militants Killed by Syrian Forces
A military source said that an army unit confronted militant groups to the West of al-Zahraa neighborhood and Alleramoun factories in Aleppo city, killing and injuring all their members, Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
The source added that other army units targeted the gatherings and hideouts of the leaders of armed groups in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin, Bani Zaid, al-Kastilo, Hanano and al-Mansourah in the old city, killing a number of militants and injuring others.
The army units also killed militants and injured others in the villages of Marea, Handarat, Khan al-Assal, al-Mesilmiyeh, Daret Ezza, Anadan, Ezzan, Ba’idin, Kafer Naha, Maaret al-Artiq, the industrial city and surrounding the central prison in Aleppo countryside and destroyed their tools.
Meanwhile, government forces are in full control of Damascus, but militants still hold a few towns and villages on the outskirts of the city.
Syrian troops have in recent months gained the upper hand in battles against militants.
On May 12, a final group of foreign-backed Takfiris left the western city of Homs as part of a deal reached between Damascus and the militants on May 4.
The safe exit of militants from Homs was part of the agreement which was brokered by Iran, Russia and the United Nations.
The deal also brought almost all major districts of the city under the control of government forces. The Syrian government’s talks with the militants came as part of efforts to facilitate access to the people trapped in conflict zones.
The agreement required the militants to allow aid into two northwestern towns of Kafr Nabl and al-Zahraa. The militants also agreed to release dozens of soldiers and civilians held hostage.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants.