IS strong­hold cap­tured

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

DAMASCUS: Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces on Satur­day cap­tured the city of Sukhneh, the last Is­lamic State (IS) strong­hold in the cen­tral prov­ince of Homs, pro-gov­ern­ment Sham FM ra­dio re­ported.

The cap­ture of Sukhneh came after Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces suc­cess­fully be­sieged the city ear­lier in the day.

The progress is part of a widescale mil­i­tary of­fen­sive to drive out IS from the Syr­ian desert.

Cap­tur­ing Sukhneh will en­able the Syr­ian army to break the IS siege to the eastern prov­ince of Deir al-Zour near Iraq.

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