Syrian government forces have managed to wrest control over the last holdout of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country's south, a UK-based monitoring group says.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the liberation of the Tulul al-Safa hilly region, situated between Damascus and Suwayda provinces, on Saturday.
The fresh territorial gain came after Daesh elements "withdrew from it (Tulul al-Safa) and headed east into the Badia desert," it added.
Syria's official SANA news agency confirmed that the army units had made "a significant advance against Daesh terrorists’ depots in Tulul al-Safa" and killed many extremists during their counter-terrorism operations.
The Syrian army units are clearing the liberated areas from what has been left behind by Daesh terrorists, the report said.
It also noted that Abu Hajar al-Shishani, a Daesh ringleader, had been killed east of the Qaber al-Sheikh Hussein region near Tulul al-Safa.
Some reports said Shishani's deputy had been injured in Saturday's anti-terror operation.
The Syrian army soldiers have been fighting Daesh in Suwayda since July, when the Takfiri terrorists launched their deadliest attack on the Druze minority community in the province.