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Hezbollah, Syrian army destroyed 40 militant bases, 4 operations rooms in Qalamoun offensive

A damaged car is seen in Qalamoun, Friday, May 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Syrian army have destroyed or dismantled 40 militant bases and four operations rooms in their more than two-week offensive against jihadis in Syria’s Qalamoun mountain range, the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV said Tuesday.

Explosives-rigged vehicles and cars that were set to be rigged were found in many of the bases, Al-Manar said.

The Syrian army and its Lebanese allies also managed to destroy three out of five operation rooms in Qalamoun since the battle began on May 4. A fourth operations room, which was used as a central command center, was dismantled as a result of the offensive, the report added.

According to Al-Manar, Syrian jihadis operated from centers in the areas of Assal al-Ward, Al-Juba, Ras al-Maara and Flita, in addition to the command center in an unidentified location. Only the Flita operations room remains in control of the jihadis.

Hezbollah and the Syrian army have seized control of most of Qalamoun's strategic hills in their offensive in the mountainous border region.

Tuesday’s report recalled how the party had captured several strategic peaks that lie more than 2,500 meters above sea level, such as Qornit Nahle, Qornit Abdul Haq, Jabal al-Barouh and Tallit Moussa.

Al-Manar also said that Hezbollah and the Syrian army have captured “dozens” of caves that were used as hideouts by militant groups.

They also wrested control of several crossings in areas that saw pitched battles with the militants militants.

Some of the crossings identified by the report were Al-Sahreej, Al-Dar, Al-Sadad, Al-Hifra, Al-Baydar, Al-Daasa and Al-Fatle.





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