09 Sep '17, 8pm

Syria army breaks years-long siege of #DeirEzzor airbase

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syrian troops broke the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group's siege of Deir Ezzor military airport on Saturday (Sept 9), dealing a fresh blow to the militants who also face a new offensive from US-backed fighters elsewhere in the province. Oil-rich Deir Ezzor province borders Iraq and is a strategic prize for both the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Russian-supported government troops. Since 2014, ISIS has held swathes of the province and about 60 per cent of its provincial capital, encircling two regime-held enclaves in the western half of Deir Ezzor city. Government troops broke the siege of one of the pockets on Tuesday, and began a new assault on ISIS positions around the strategic airbase on Friday. On Saturday, the troops ended ISIS' encirclement of the airport, state news agency Sana said, "after forces advancing from the cemet...

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