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Backed forces launch east Syria campaign against IS

Backed forces launch east Syria campaign against IS

Also according to Sputnik, t he Syrian armed forces supported by Russian aviation have inflicted the excruciating defeat on ISIL terrorists in Deir ez-Zor area, that may be considered the terrorist group's biggest loss in the past three years, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

"Amid successful actions by Syrian government troops in the eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of field [ISIL] commanders backed by US special services, had been promptly evacuated from Deir al-Zor to safer regions in order to use their experience in other directions", a military and diplomatic source has told Sputnik. At the moment, it still partly holds the Deir ez-Zor province, as well as territories near Hama and Homs in western Syria.

Government troops broke the siege on one of the pockets on Tuesday, and began a new assault on IS positions around the strategic airbase on Friday.

It was also a rare instance of Israel striking a Syrian government facility rather than an arms shipment and harked back to an Israeli airstrike that destroyed a suspected, partially constructed nuclear reactor in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour exactly 10 years ago. The foreign ministry said the army's latest advances "foreshadowed the end of terrorism".

It sits at the heart of Syria's oilfields, once an essential source of income to ISIS, and is Syria's main gateway to Iraq.

Coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters Thursday the Syrian military had arrived on the outskirts of the city and "linked up with their besieged brigade" that had been trapped in the city for almost three years. The Syrian Democratic Forces, which is a Kurdish-dominated militia, said today that it has plans to eliminate ISIS militants from areas east of the Euphrates River.

"Pivoting towards Deir Ezzor was inevitable ..."

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"The first step is to free the eastern bank of the Euphrates and the areas [IS] still holds", he said after the Saturday announcement. "People were dying", another resident among those queuing for food, water, and other vital supplies said.

Once military operations are complete, control of the areas liberated by the Military Council will be handed over to local civilian bodies, similar to what has occurred in Manbij and Tabqa, the Coalition stated.

The coalition has bombed IS targets in Syria and Iraq since 2014 and is now backing the SDF's offensive to capture Raqa.

The SDF has recaptured over 60 percent of territory in the city as IS continues to suffer heavy losses.

"We are not coordinating with the government or with Russian Federation". The SDF are the U.S.'s primary ally in the fight against IS in Syria.

Abu Anas al-Shami, who spearheaded Isis attempts to procure explosives used in terror attacks both inside and outside Syria, was killed near the city of Mayadin, coalition spokesperson Colonel Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon.


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