Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo
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ERBIL – Syrian regime army forces made new progress in the areas controlled by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.
Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, media activist Ahmed Ramadan said that the Syrian regime forces recaptured Saturday vast areas from the militant group “without any clashes”.
The source pointed out “the army controlled these areas without any support from the air forces either”, adding “the engineering units” in the Syrian army began removing the mines already planted by ISIS militants in the southern suburbs of Deir ez-Zor.
“The army forces advanced towards the international highway in Deir ez-Zor and the Taim oilfield without any air support,” Ramadan reported.
On the other hand, six troops from the regime’s army were mistakenly killed and others injured in an airstrike on Friday hit the vicinity of the military base of Deir ez-Zor.
Since early March, ISIS has been mobilizing dozens of its militants in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zor in a bid to stop the advance of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied Arab groups on the town of Margada and its environs, according to local sources.
Over the past few months, the U.S.-led coalition forces have intensified airstrikes on strategic and vital locations for the radical group, killing dozens of ISIS top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently decreased, especially after hundreds of its own militants started to desert its ranks.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News