Syrian army secures IS-held town in Homs province

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Tens of extremists were killed and many of their weaponry destroyed as the army finished combing operation and dismantling explosive devices left by the IS in the city, Xinhua news agency reported.

The town is also located some 50 km (30 miles) from the provincial boundary of Deir Al Zor province, IS's last major foothold in Syria and a major target for the Syrian government.

Sukhneh had already fallen to the army as a result of the IS withdrawal, but reports said the city was jam-packed with explosive devices and roadside bombs, which delayed the victory declaration. The SDF is now focused on capturing Raqqa city from IS.

According to a Syrian military source, Syrian forces has successfully freed several villages in the Daesh rear on the border of Homs and Raqqa provinces.

The progress was part of a wide-scale military offensive to drive out IS from the Syrian Desert. The night landing around 20 kilometers [12.5 miles] into the IS-controlled territory to the south of the al Qadr settlement on the border of Homs and Raqqa provinces was carried out.

The Russian warplanes have been supporting the ground Syrian troops and allied fighters in their push to clear the desert of IS.

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