Syrian Army troops have managed to clear Damascus’ Jobar district of foreign-sponsored insurgents as the Army continues its mop-up operations against the anti-government armed men across the country.
Syrian Army forces speak to civilians in the al-Arqoub district of Aleppo after purging the area of foreign-backed insurgents on September 25, 2012.
Syrian soldiers launched an operation against insurgents in the area on Thursday, killing several of them, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
The Army said the soldiers also seized back medicalequipment previously stolen by insurgents from public hospitals.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the West's policies have destabilized a number of Arab states and are now creating chaos in Syria.
The Russian head of state warned of "wide-scale ethnic cleansing" in Syria, which he likened to the one that followed the Roman Empire's invasion of Carthage and the great city's fall in 146 BC.
"The Roman Empire not only seized and occupied Carthage, but even when it destroyed everything, it dismembered everyone and then poured salt over them to make sure that nothing grew back," he said.
On July 19, Russia and China vetoed a third anti-Syria resolution, arguing that the "biased" document put pressure on only one party and would undermine regional peace.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.
Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.
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