DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – Syria’s army and its allies on Monday began a major offensive against Takfiri terrorists near the capital Damascus, targeting their remaining strongholds in the area.

According to Press Shia dispatches, Syrian forces hit the positions of the Takfiri militants in the districts of Jobar and Ain Tarma near Damascus, inflicting major losses on them.

Large groups of the militants were killed or captured during the operation.

In a separate development, the Syrian army pounded the positions of Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) militants in Jebb al-Jarrah area in the eastern countryside of Homs, taking control of some 50 square kilometers in the central province, a military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.

The army managed to re-establish control over the villages of al-Sadwaniyeh, al-Mekrimiyeh, Rasm Sweid, Tallet Rajm al-Shara and Jouzet Nazal in the area, the source added.

In addition, Daesh militants’ hideouts in Huweijet Sakker, al-Jbeileh, al-Aredi and Kanamat in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor were heavily hit by Syrian warplanes on Sunday.

Dozens of the terrorists were killed during the bombardment.

In another development, militants belonging to the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group (also known as al-Nusra Front) retreated from their positions on the outskirts of Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo following Syrian and Russian raids, a source said, adding that so far more than 100 militants have been killed during the raids.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.