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    The Syrian armed forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, have clawed back two more villages from terrorists in the suburban Damascus region of Eastern Ghouta, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.

    The liberated villages are located just north of the Damascus international airport, Fars news agency wrote.

    "The Syrian army and the country's National Defense Forces (NDF) drove the militant groups back from the villages of Hosh al-Matin and Tal Farzat in Eastern Ghouta, which claimed the lives of over 10 terrorists and wounded many more," the army said in a statement.

    "Al-Nusra Front and the so-called Jeish al-Islam suffered a heavy death toll in the attacks and retreated forces from the battlefronts," the statement added.

    On Monday the government forces beat back the terrorists’ attempt to win back the newly-liberated village of Bilaliyah, which the militants used as their supply base in Eastern Ghouta.

    With Bilaliyah under their control, the Syrian armed forces will now be able to reclaim three more villages in the direct vicinity of the strategic airport.

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