Militants killed in Syria clash

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4510482.stm

Eight militants have been killed in a clash with security forces at a farmhouse in north-western Syria, the state news agency Sana has reported.
The agency said five of the Islamic militants were shot dead and three others blew up themselves in the incident near Maarrat al-Numan town.

The militants are said to have been members of a Sunni group.

The clash is the second between militants and security forces this week, the agency said.

"After a gun battle which lasted an hour, an explosion was heard from inside the farm, where, it emerged, three members of the... group had blown themselves up," Sana said.

"Five other members of the group were killed in the clashes. Arms, explosives belts and explosives were confiscated."
http://www.africasia.com/services/news/newsitem.php?area=mideast&item=051207210208.0xmw11nz.php

Major arms cache unearthed in Syria

Syrian security forces found caches of arms and explosives in the province of Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus, the official SANA agency said on Wednesday, adding the weapons came from Lebanon.

The agency also said security forces had unearthed a bomb-making factory in the northern province of Aleppo, the site of recent clashes between militants and security forces.

"The security forces in charge of fighting terrorism have discovered during their latest operations against Takfirist (Sunni extremist) terrorists several arms and explosives caches in various places in Aleppo province and the suburbs of Damascus."

SANA said that among the objects discovered were "automatic rifles, anti-tank missile launchers, revolvers, bombs, explosive materials, explosives belts as well as personal documents and Takfirist propaganda."

"These arms came into Syria from Lebanon and they were seized during an attempt to send them back into Lebanon following police intervention," it said.
It also said the security forces found a laboratory for making explosives in Aleppo province.
 
#2
'Blew themselves up' bloody good effort!
 
#3
With no help from Syrian Internal Security forces whatsoever :D
 
#4
This would seem, on the surface at least, to suggest that the dip/pol/econ pressure bein applied to Syria is having at least some effect.
 
#5
Some interesting bits 'captured' though.....



Image via SANA/Al-Jaz
 
#7
rickshaw said:
This would seem, on the surface at least, to suggest that the dip/pol/econ pressure bein applied to Syria is having at least some effect.
I don't know I think this could have more to do with the present activities of the Islamists. If the groups are the Takfiris then it is in actual Syrian interests to get rid of them, as the Taffiris no doubt consider to the present regime to be kufar.
 

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