Oct 23, 2017 17:58 UTC
  • Syrian army makes new advances on Daesh lines south of Dayr al-Zawr

The Syrian army has advanced deeper into the southern outskirts of the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr, which is partially held by Daesh terrorists, pushing the Takfiri outfit further toward total defeat in the oil-rich province, a monitoring group reports.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday, Daesh terrorists are increasingly losing ground across the province to advancing Syrian troops and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is a US-backed group of Kurdish and Arab militants.

The developments came a day after Syrian ground forces, backed by pro-government fighters, managed to liberate the strategic town of Khasham, located in the northeastern countryside of Dayr al-Zawr city, from the grips of Daesh.

Daesh overran large parts of Dayr al-Zawr province, including its many oil fields, in mid-2014 as it seized swathes of land in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

By early 2015, the Takfiri terrorists were in control of some parts of city of Dayr al-Zawr and besieged the remaining parts, which were under government control. It is estimated that 100,000 people remain in the government-held parts of the city.

Backed by the Russian military and fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, the Syrian army has managed to break Daesh’s three-year siege on Dayr al-Zawr province, though the total elimination of the group is yet to come.