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Syrian forces kill senior ISIL commander in Deir al-Zor

Syrian army soldiers take positions on a street in the Sabina suburb of the capital, Damascus. (© SANA)

Syrian government forces have killed a high-profile ISIL militant commander in an operation in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zor.

Syrian troopers carried out the special operation in the al-Omar oil field on the northern outskirts of the city of Mayadin, situated some 500 kilometers (310 miles) northeast of Damascus, on Saturday.

 A senior militant, known by his nom de guerre Abu al-Taym al-Saudi, and 40 other extremists were killed in the army operations, Syria’s state-run television reported.

This file photo shows foreign-sponsored militants just outside al-Omar oil field in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zor. 


The al-Omar field has changed hands several times in the course of Syria’s four-year conflict.

Last July, Takfiri ISIL militants seized control of the field, which is Syria’s largest and lies on the border with neighboring Iraq, forcing the withdrawal of rival extremists belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front from the site.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian people gather at the site of one of two car bombs that exploded in the western Syrian city of Homs.


Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 222,000 people, according to reports.

Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. More than 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced, according to the United Nations.


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