Syrian army recaptures oil field from Islamic State militants

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Syrian army forces. File photo

ARA News

HOMS – Subsequent to clashes with the Islamic State’s (ISIS) fighters, Syrian regime’s army forces on Tuesday gained control of the Arak oil field in the central province of Homs, official sources and activists reported. 

The offensive started with the Russian warplanes launching a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the eastern countryside of Homs, coupled with artillery bombardment by the Syrian army on the group’s strongholds in the area.

“The Russian air cover and heavy bombardment by the army caused ISIS heavy losses in manpower and equipment,” Syrian army officer Firas Jabban told ARA News in Homs.

“The army then cleansed the entire area from ISIS terrorists and liberated the Arak oil field,” he added.  

“There have been casualties on both sides,” local media activist Amro al-Hussein told ARA News over the phone. “ISIS’ withdrawal from the Arak field came due to the intensified Russian airstrikes, which opened to path for the regime’s forces to advance on the ground.” 

Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa

Source: ARA News

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