DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:35 P.M.) – A series of fierce battles were fought by the Syrian Army against the Islamic State before it could impose full control over the entire territories stretching alongside the western bank of the Euphrates.

Scores of villages, towns and hilltops fell to the government troops as part of a wider campaign to oust the terror group from the western countryside of Deir Ezzor and meet up with the forces in the southeastern countryside of Raqqa.

With the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces concluding their mission in the area, other Army units are still fighting the Islamic State militants in the eastern bank of the Euphrates, and have come into contract with the US-backed Kurdish militia.


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