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17:29 | 2013-06-12


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Army Repels Rebel Attacks on Syrian Villages, Kills Dozens of Terrorists

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army troops repelled armed rebels' attack on a number of villages in Deir Ezzur province in Eastern Syria on Wednesday, killing tens of terrorists and their leaders.

The attacks were staged by al-Qadessiya and Lawa Saqour al-Forat terrorist groups, but the Syrian army's swift action repelled their attempts and killed a number of terrorist ringleaders, including Amjad al-Askar, Ammar al-Hanash and Ammar Aliwi, in the Shiite villages.

The Syrian forced also managed to repel the armed rebels' attacks on the army's Brigade 17 base killing and wounding scores of terrorists and rebels.

Earlier reports also said that the Syrian army's armored units are moving towards Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, where the most intense fighting is going on.

The army started its Northern Storm military operations in Aleppo a few days ago in a bid to purge armed rebels from city and its outskirts.

Unlike al-Qusseir where the Syrian army had to fight al-Qaeda elements, the army is fighting against the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Aleppo and its outskirts.

Due to its proximity to the Turkish border, Aleppo is one of the main concentration centers of armed rebels.

The armed rebels took control of some parts of Aleppo city in 2012 several months after unrests broke out in the Muslim country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and terrorists against Syrian forces and civilians 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, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May 2012 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 last 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.