BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:09 P.M.) – An ongoing offensive by the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary groups against lingering Islamic State elements across Deir Ezzor province has seen them now come into control of a vast area of once unsecured territory west of the Euphrates.

According to sources, so far the Syrian Army, supported by Russian airstrikes and popular forces, has captured at least six hundred square kilometers of desert countryside from ISIS in western Deir Ezzor.

Earlier on, it was reported by military-affiliated sources that Syrian pro-government forces seized an isolated desert town from ISIS west of Al-Mayadeen city (details here).

Although featureless at face value, the terrain captured is littered with trenches, tunnels and fire support positions used by Islamic State militants to rest, mobilize for attacks against government forces and observe Syrian Army movements from afar.

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