Syrian security forces have killed a large number of anti-government insurgents in the western and northwestern parts of the country, Press TV reports.
Late on Sunday, the Syrian Army engaged in deadly clashes with foreign-backed insurgents in the flashpoint northwestern city of Aleppo.
The soldiers killed a number of armed men fighting against the government in the old city of Aleppo, which is located 355 kilometers (220 miles) north of Damascus.
The security forces also killed many insurgents in Wadi al-Sayeh district in the western city of Homs late on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian Army killed some armed terrorists in clashes in the northwestern city of Idlib.
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 militants are foreign nationals, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.
Western states have been calling for President Assad to step down. However, Russia and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.