Syrian army secures largest ISIL hotbed in Homs province

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Footage that circulated on social media showed Syrian soldiers firing celebratory gunfire and showed the terrorists' deserted arms caches and hideouts in the town of al-Sukhna, 50 km northeast of the ancient city of Palmyra.

"On August 13, 2017, in a joint action of the Russian Aerospace Force, units of the governmental forces and militia west of the Homs Province, Es Sukhne is fully liberated from militants of the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia - TASS)", the ministry said.

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

On other fronts, Islamic State is rapidly losing its territory to the US-backed mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic (SDF) Forces, now engaged in offensive on Raqqa, jihadists' de facto capital in Syria.

"The liberation of As-Sukhnah from Daesh terrorists opens new opportunities for the Syrian government forces to launch an offensive and deblock the city of Deir ez-Zor".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the volunteers had been killed by bullets to the head.

"Two minibuses, some white helmets and walkie-talkies were stolen".

"Colleagues came in the morning for the change of shift and found them dead", its director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.

Russian Federation is a close ally of the Syrian regime and has been providing air support for Syrian forces since 2015.

Since late July, Idlib has been ruled by Syrian jihadist alliance Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, led by al Qaeda's former Syria branch.

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