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14:27 | 2013-05-12

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Syrian Army Retakes Control of 8 Towns in Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian troops restored security and stability to a number of villages and towns in Hama, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their last dens there.



The Syrian Army forces destroyed 14.5 mm caliber machineguns and dismantled dozens of improvised explosive devices (IED)s in several military operations to restore security and stability to the towns of Khattab, al-Qssabieh, Tal Hassan, Zur Jedeed, Zur al-Masaleq, and Zur al-Naseriyah, a military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency.

Meanwhile, a terrorists' attempt to detonate 27 IEDs planted on the road between Halfaya and Tayyebat al-Immam was foiled and large quantities of various weapons belonged to the terrorists were confiscated.

The source noted that a unit of the Syrian Armed Forces inflicted heavy losses upon Al-Nusra Front's gunmen in Halfaya towns killing a large number of them.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.