BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air forces, reportedly retook an airbase from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor, Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian state media reported that SAA recaptured the Teym oilfield in further advances against IS near Deir ez-Zor.
In recent days, pro-government forces have made rapid advances with tanks and helicopters to push through IS lines. On Tuesday, SAA units had linked up with the previously-surrounded troops, thus breaking a three-year-long siege of the government-held enclave of Deir ez-Zor.
Deir ez-Zor, which is situated southeast of IS’ former stronghold of Raqqa, has been under siege by IS since 2014.