0221 GMT January 23, 2020
According to reports on Friday, the Syrian army, backed by national defense forces, liberated the villages after attacking ISIL’s positions in the province, Press TV reported.
The Syrian forces also destroyed several vehicles belonging to the Takfiri group.
The strategic province, which is the corridor to the eastern border with Iraq, has come under repeated attacks by Takfiri terrorists over the past few months.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian forces established their control over several areas in the southern region of al-Qalamoun, a day after they took over the city of Assal al-Ward near the Lebanese border area in the mountainous region.
Several terrorists, including four from Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait and Libya, were killed during the Qalamoun operations, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
SANA also said that the Syrian army targeted the positions of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in the southwestern province of Dara'a, killing and injuring several terrorists.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting militants operating inside the country.
More than 220,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced so far due to the crisis in the country.