Syria army ‘takes last IS-group held town in Homs’

Peace and Freedom

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© AFP file picture | Syrian government forces flash the sign for victory as they approach the strategic Jihar oil fields on the eastern outskirts of Homs on February 7, 2017

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Latest update : 2017-08-06

Syria’s army seized the last Islamic State group stronghold in the country’s Homs province on Saturday, clearing their path to attack the jihadists in the country’s east, a monitor said.

Al-Sukhna, some 70 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of the famed ancient city of Palmyra, is the last town on the road to the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where a government garrison has held out under IS siege since early 2015.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said government forces had captured the town after heavy army artillery fire and air strikes by government ally Russia.

There was no official confirmation of the capture from Syria’s government.

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