‘Syrian army advances against IS, approaches Deir Ezzor’
Beirut, Lebanon - Syrian government troops advanced overnight against the Islamic State group in the country’s north and centre, drawing closer to the key battleground of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the army had made ‘significant progress’ south of Raqa city.
“There is now just four kilometres between regime forces and the town of Madan, which is the last town controlled by IS in the Raqa countryside,” the Observatory said.
Madan lies next to the border between Raqa province and Deir Ezzor, an eastern province that is mostly held by IS.
Extremists have besieged government forces and civilians inside the provincial capital Deir Ezzor city since 2015.
Syrian loyalist troops are battling IS in the south of Raqa province separately.