ISIS militants advance on Syrian airbase near Deir ez-Zor

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A militant fighter from the Islamic State radical group during clashes with Syrian regime forces in Deir ez-Zor. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Amid heavy clashes with Syrian regime forces, the Islamic State extremist group (ISIS) advanced towards a strategic airbase in eastern Syria, activists reported on Thursday.

ISIS militants seized control of a Syrian army post near the regime-held military airbase in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor city. 

“The group’s advance comes after fierce clashes with pro-Assad forces on Wednesday, that claimed lives of more than 50 fighters on both sides,” media activist Ahmed al-Shami told ARA News. 

At least 30 ISIS militants were killed during the clashes, while regime army lost some 20 forces before evacuating some parts of the military airbase near Deir ez-Zor. 

“The militant group has used suicide bombers in the offensive. It targeted regime forces with two car bomb attacks before storming a major post near the airbase,” al-Shami reported.

ISIS holds most of the oil-rich province of Deir ez-Zor. The group has been fighting for nearly one year to seize control of the military airport and other regime-held districts in the eastern Syrian province.

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News 

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