Friday, 24 November, 2017

Evacuated Islamic State militants reach extremist stronghold in Syria

Syrian government forces celebrate in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor Syrian government forces celebrate in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor
Dexter Carr | 15 September, 2017, 00:26

Two Russian submarines fired seven Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles at crucial facilities of the Islamic State in Syria from underwater positions in the eastern Mediterranean, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Russian Federation fired seven missiles at ISIS held Deir el-Zour, and ISIS stronghold in Syria. The Syrian Government has praised several times the contribution in the fight against terrorism by countries such as Russian Federation and Iran, along with the forces of the Islamic Resistance Movement of Lebanon (Hezbollah).

All targeted objects were hit, the ministry said.

Russia's strike on militants in the country comes on the heels of a controversial agreement to allow safe passage of IS fighters and their relatives from Lebanon across Syria.

The Syrian army and its allies recently broke an Islamic State siege of an enclave in Deir al-Zor that had lasted three years. The ISIS militants are now encircled by Syrian Military from three sides, with the Euphrates river on the back.

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ISIS, which has suffered significant losses in Syria and Iraq has launched a race for control of the border with Iraq, now still in the militants' hands.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters, meanwhile have also launched a separate assault in Deir al-Zor province, which has become Islamic State's last major foothold in Syria. On Thursday, a captive Hezbollah fighter was released.

Bassem Aziz, a spokesman for the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said they have taken control of an industrial area on the eastern bank of the river, a few miles from the government troops.

The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses and vehicles crossed into Deir el-Zour province Wednesday.

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