The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group have defeated the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, in the mountainous Qalamoun region, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, activists and military sources said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group, said Sunday, sounds of gunfire are still being heard in the barrens of the western Qalamoun region, north-west of Damascus, adjacent to the Lebanese border, as the Syrian forces and Hezbollah were combing the area of Fleita barrens.
After completing the combing process, in search of militants, the Syrian army will retake all the regions in western Qalamoun, said the observatory.
This progress ends the presence of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, in all of the north-western countryside of Damascus, as the Nusra militants used to smuggle weapons and explosives, to both countries, through the barren areas.
The Syrian army and Hezbollah launched a double battle, Friday, on both sides of the Syrian-Lebanese border, against the Nusra Front.
The Syrian air force has also played a significant role in backing up the ground forces
Source: NAM News Network