DamascusThe Syrian army and allied fighters have managed to retake full control over the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr in their latest push against Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
“The armed forces, in cooperation with allied forces, liberated the city of Dayr al-Zawr completely from the clutches of the Daesh terrorist organization,” a military source told Syrian media on Friday morning.
Earlier in the day, Hezbollah’s military news service reported that Syrian forces were bombarding the last Daesh remnants in the city to make their way into the final district under the terror group’s grip.
The report said Syrian government forces had recaptured al-Hamidiya, Sheikh Yassin, al-Ardhi and al-Rashidia districts, and had only al-Hawiqa district left to liberate.
Damascus began the liberation operation two months ago with the support of Russian air force, and broke Daesh’s three-year-long siege of the city in September.
Syrian army forces had in recent days stepped up their gains in the city, going neighborhood to neighborhood after the remaining terrorists.
Dayr al-Zawr is the capital of an oil-rich Syrian province of the same name, which borders Iraq.
The city used to serve as the main Daesh stronghold in Syria after the terror group was forced out of Raqqah in the north by a US-backed alliance of Kurdish militants.
The fall of Daesh in Dayr al-Zawr is yet another key defeat for the Takfiri outfit, which has over the past months lost most of the territory it seized in a lightning 2014 advance across Syria and neighboring Iraq.
Onn the other side of the border, the Iraqi military also announced Friday that they have launched their own final operation against Daesh in the areas that straddle the frontier with Syria, entering the city of al-Qaim.
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