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Syria forces liberate new areas around Dayr al-Zawr from Daesh grips

File photo of Syrian government forces hold a position near the village of al-Maleha, in the northern countryside of Dayr al-Zawr during ongoing battle against Daesh terrorists. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian government forces have liberated a new area on the outskirts of the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr as they continued their advance against the foreign-backed Daesh terrorists.

The Friday development came as the Syrian army and its allied forces managed to recapture a suburban area of the key city while inflicting heavy losses and casualties on the Takfiri militants.

The latest operations by army-led forces were part of a larger offensive to entirely liberate the remaining areas surrounding Dayr al-Zawr still controlled by the terror group.

This is while Syrian state news agency SANA also reported Friday that army units clashed with Daesh terrorists in a number of neighborhoods in the town of Mihkan, south of al-Mayadeen city towards al-Bokmal city.

According to the report, government forces also killed and injured many of the militants during the offensive and destroyed a number of their vehicles, including booby-trapped ones.

Syrian forces hold a position near the village of al-Maleha, in the northern countryside of Dayr al-Zawr on September 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

In the city of Dayr al-Zawr, the report added, Syrian forces also directed artillery and aerial strikes on the staging areas of the terrorists in neighborhoods of al-Hamidiya, al-Ardi, al-Mattar al-Qadim, Khasarat, Kanamat and al-Sheikh Yassin, demolishing a number of their fortifications and inflicting heavy casualties on them.

This is while the Lebanon-based al-Manar TV also reported Friday that the Syrian army and allied forces have further liberated two villages of Tamm-ul-Hawa and Abu-Laffa in the northeastern outskirts of the country’s west-central city of Hama.

The Syrian army has made significant gains against different terrorist groups across the country in recent months. Over ninety percent of the territories in the Arab nation have reportedly been liberated from the foreign-sponsored militants.

Daesh overran large parts of Dayr al-Zawr province, including its many oil fields, in mid-2014 as it seized swathes of land in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

By early 2015, the Takfiri terrorists were in control of some parts of city of Dayr al-Zawr and besieged the remaining parts, which were under government control. It is estimated that 100,000 people remain in the government-held parts of the city.

Backed by the Russian military and fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, the Syrian army has managed to break Daesh’s three-year siege on Dayr al-Zawr Province, though the total elimination of the group is yet to come.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

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