Russian Federation and the United States claimed Friday to have killed several top commanders of the Islamic State group airstrikes in Syria, including the so-called Emir of Deir Ezzor and the "Minister of War". Ground and air support have been provided by the US -led coalition that has carried out air strikes against IS in Syria since 2014.
Backed by Russia, Syrian troops on September 5 broke through a years-long siege imposed by ISIL militants on tens of thousands of civilians in Deir al-Zor.
Meanwhile, Syrian government forces and their allies, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, seized an oil field from militants on the other side of the Euphrates.
The Teym oil field is only a few kilometers from the graveyard area at southern entrance of the city.
The troops defending the airport met with the advancing forces of the Syrian army, TASS reported.
He said his forces started fighting to flush out ISIL from territory in Hasakeh province and further south in the strategically vital province of Deir Ezzor.
Al-Shimali reportedly headed the movement of foreign fighters into Syria and processed the group's new recruits.
The state TV said celebrations broke out in Deir al-Zour with the army advancing and breaking the air base siege. Both the USA and Russian Federation have an interest in avoiding a clash between the SDF and Syrian forces and may devise a strategy that will allow both sides to share control of the vast province.
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It was later said that there was never any question of capturing the man responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans. The Pakistani minister added that his country is not feeling threatened by the USA following the harshly worded Trump speech.
A foothold in Deir al-Zour province would provide Washington with an opportunity to block Iranian expansionism in a strategically important area along the Iraqi border.
The U.S. -trained Deir al-Zour Military Council said it was calling its operation Jazeera Storm. It has been besieged by IS militants since early this year.
Dillon said Syrian Democratic Forces, along with an Arab contingent from the area, are "still prepared to seize hometowns in the province of Deir el-Zour from ISIS", even as the Syrian military has advanced to Deir el-Zour city.
"Yes, there is concern about whether or not and how serious the Syrian regime is about defeating ISIS", Dillon told reporters Thursday, adding that the USA would not allow the Syrian government to merely push Islamic State fighters to another country.
Eleven buses had been stranded in eastern Syrian for more than a week after the United States sought to block the transfer of ISIL fighters from the Lebanese-Syrian border to Al Bukamal, an ISIL-controlled city near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Deir al-Zour is the last major stronghold of IS, as the terror-designated group is also losing its de facto capital of Raqqa to the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which has captured more than 60 percent of Raqqa.