Al­lies, Syr­ian forces con­sol­i­date their con­trol

IN BRIEF

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD -

Gov­ern­ment troops and their al­lies in­ten­si­fied an of­fen­sive Fri­day against Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in cen­tral Syria, try­ing to con­sol­i­date their con­trol on the area. The Syr­ian troops and Rus­sian mil­i­tary po­lice pa­trolled the streets of Okeirbat, which was re­cap­tured on Sept. 2. A mil­i­tant coun­terof­fen­sive was crushed Thurs­day amid in­tense Rus­sian airstrikes. The mil­i­tants had con­trolled Okeirbat since 2014, and Rus­sian mil­i­tary of­fi­cials showed visit­ing jour­nal­ists a bombed-out ware­house that was used by the ex­trem­ists in the once-thriv­ing town of 10,000, the largest held by ISIL in Hama prov­ince.

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