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Syrian army forces kill high-profile terrorist commander, two aides near Damascus

Syrian government forces have launched separate operations against positions of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militant groups in the country’s southwestern province of Rif Dimashq, inflicting heavy losses on their ranks.

The media bureau of Syria’s Joint Operations Command, in a statement released on Saturday, announced that Syrian Air Force fighter jets had bombarded the strongholds of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in al-Hajar al-Aswad city, located just four kilometers south of Damascus.

The statement added that Syrian army troops also carried out missile strikes and fired artillery rounds at Daesh positions in Yarmouk refugee camp, situated 8 kilometers from the center of Damascus, killing Abu Hisham Khabouri and his close associate Abu Ali Nafsha.

A distinguished Daesh militant responsible for the financial affairs of the terror outfit was killed in the counter-terrorism operation as well.

Khabouri was elected Daesh governor in Rif Dimashq in late August 2016, following the dismissal of Abu Sayah Tayyarah, better known by the nom de guerre Farramah, and his deputy Abu Mujahid.

Khabouri, a native of the occupied Golan Heights, was considered one of the four most important Daesh figures operating south of Damascus.