Syrian government forces have ambushed and killed another 20 militants in Ghouta, south of the capital Damascus.
The latest offensive comes after scores of insurgents were killed by the Syrian military in the same area on Wednesday. Most of the fatalities belonged to the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, and were of Saudi, Qatari and Chechen origins. Meanwhile, terrorists affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or the I-S-I-L, have reportedly pulled out of the Syrian town of Azaz near the Turkish border. The I-S-I-L took control of the city from rival militants late last year.