Pro-Syr­ian forces ad­vance against ISIS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

DAMASCUS, Syria — Pro-gov­ern­ment forces cap­tured the Is­lamic State group’s last strong­hold in the en­ergy-rich Homs prov­ince in cen­tral Syria on Sun­day, pav­ing the way to ad­vance on the be­sieged eastern city of Deir el-Zour, state me­dia and a war mon­i­tor­ing group re­ported.

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights mon­i­tor­ing group said 30 Is­lamic State mil­i­tants were killed in the last 24 hours of bat­tle for the town of al-Sukhna, in Homs, be­fore it was cap­tured Satur­day by pro-gov­ern­ment forces. It says the Rus­sian air force pro­vided air sup­port and bombed the town.

Syr­ian mil­i­tary me­dia re­ported the town’s cap­ture on Sun­day. The ad­vance puts pro-gov­ern­ment forces 68 miles from reach­ing com­pan­ion forces trapped in Deir el-Zour in the Euphrates River val­ley, which have de­pended on risky sup­ply flights and air drops for re­lief and weapons. Is­lamic State mil­i­tants have held the city un­der siege since 2015.

Mean­while, the Le­banese army cap­tured a num­ber of strate­gic hill­tops bor­der­ing Syria from Is­lamic State mil­i­tants on Sun­day.

The Na­tional News Agency said the army cap­tured sev­eral hills be­tween the fron­tier towns of Ras Baal­bek and Ar­sal, and the army said in a state­ment it de­stroyed Is­lamic State for­ti­fi­ca­tions and killed sev­eral mil­i­tants.

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