DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian forces continue to oust the Islamic State from several villages and towns located to the eastern bank of the Euphrates, inching closer to areas controlled by the US allies.
The government troops managed, yesterday, to retake Nashid village after severe clashes with the Islamic State militants, who have sustained heavy casualties.
The advance puts the government forces within sight from the US-backed Kurdish militia stationed in Koneko; the country’s largest gas field, predicting a potential showdown between the two forces.
Tensions escalated recently when the US allies accused Russia of bombing Kurdish fighters, a claim that has been categorically denied later by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
On Sunday, a high-ranking Russian officer has been killed by ISIS rocket attack on Syrian government- held areas of Deir Ezzor; a tragic incident for the Kremlin which blamed the US double-faced policy for it.