Syrian forces with the help of Russian air power claim to have captured a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor. It’s part of an on going operation to retake the region from self-styled Islamic State.
Early this month the army pushed into Deir al-Zor breaking ISIL’s three year-long siege of the enclave.
On Sunday ( Sept. 17) the Syrian army and allied forces captured the al-Jafra district.
Syrian army, allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor https://t.co/2pAxlfkc7Q pic.twitter.com/483xfGd47f— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 17, 2017Washington and Moscow are backing separate offensives in the oil-rich province. Both have advanced from opposite sides of the Euphrates.
The military operation has forced civilians along with suspected jihadists to flee across the river and seek shelter in a refugee camp in the desert.