SYRIA: Islamic State stronghold in Deir ez-Zorfully liberated
The Syrian Arab Army and it’s supporting forces managed to fully liberate the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor from the Islamic State occupation, says the national media quoting a military source.
The Al-Hawiqa district was the last to be held by jihadists after the army recently regained control of Al-Hamidiya, Sheikh Yassin, Al-Ardhi and Al-Rashidia districts. Units are now searching the streets and buildings of the city for possible mines or booby traps left behind by IS.
Deir ez-Zor is the largest and most important city in eastern Syria, parts of which were held under siege by the Islamic State for almost three years. The Syrian Army is now advancing toward Albu-Kamal, considered to be the last significant town held by IS in the country.
This is the second major strike to the Islamic State after losing Raqqa last month to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.