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    Syrian Army tanks enter a village near the Kweyris military air base in the northern province of Aleppo after the army took control of the surrounding villages from Daesh terrorists. file photo

    Spring Cleaning: Syrian Army Crushes Terrorists in Latakia Province

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    Amid a ceasefire arrangement that has restored calm to much of Syria and the promise of Aleppo regaining access to electricity, the Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Force have continued a joint offensive against terrorist groups in the western province of Latakia, media reports said.

    A swath of strategic areas has reportedly been liberated by the Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Force (NDF) in the northeastern mountains of Latakia Province in western Syria.

    During the latest offensive, the Syrian troops managed to drive the remaining terrorists from their positions at Latakia's border with Idlib province, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

    The Syrian army prepares a large-scale offensive in the Hama province. file photo
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    The Syrian Army prepares a large-scale offensive in the Hama province. file photo

    Government forces additionally retook a number of key sites along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4 Highway), in an advance that paved the way for the Syrian Army to reach the hilltops overlooking the strategic city of Jisr al-Shughour, located in the southern part of Idlib province.

    The offensive came just a few days after the Syrian Army and the NDF liberated several strategic villages and a strategic height in Latakia province.

    In separate development, Russian warplanes conducted a series of airstrikes on Daesh positions in the eastern part of Homs province in central Syria.

    The aircraft destroyed a whole array of Daesh targets, including the terrorists' oil smuggling route to Turkey located near the ancient city of Palmyra, according to FARS.

    Earlier, the Syrian forces launched an offensive against Daesh terrorists southeast of Homs province, liberating the strategic village of al-Bayarat, sources said.

    In February 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2268, endorsing the Russia-US agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, shortly before the ceasefire came into force on February 27.

    The cessation of hostilities does not apply to designated terrorist organizations operating in Syria, including Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front.

    Adding to the Syrian Army's anti-terror effort is Russia's ongoing air campaign which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria at the behest of President Assad.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said in turn that "Russian aircraft are not performing strikes in those regions where a willingness to cease fire and to start negotiations were expressed."

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