Syrian army breaks Daesh siege to Deir Al Zour airport

Syria army breaks years-long siege of Deir Ezzor airbase

Syrian government forces and their allies meanwhile recaptured from militants the Teym oilfield southwest of Deir al-Zor city, on the other side of the Euphrates, state TV reported.

Despite recent regime advances, the battle for control of the city is far from concluding with IS launching a defence for Deir az-Zor.

"That's inconsistent with the top level message from President Trump for sure", the retired officer added.

"It has been confirmed that there are four important field commanders among the eliminated militants, including the so-called 'Emir of Deir ez-Zor' Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, who was responsible for financial affairs and the transfer of recruits to the IS training camps".

The breakthrough by forces loyal to Assad was a new sign of the collapse of the Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria. It was not immediately possible to independently confirm the claim.

Although U.S. officials have insisted that they do not anticipate clashes with the Syrian-backed force, the growing complexity of the battleground could make unintended flash points more likely.

The primary unit kept advancing until breaking the IS siege on the air base of Deir al-Zour on Saturday.

A Syrian officer told Xinhua by phone that Daesh was collapsing in Deir Al Zour.

It comes as Syrian regime forces captured an oil field from IS in Deir az-Zor province on Saturday.

The commander of the US-led coalition, Lieutenant General Paul Funk, welcomed the start of the SDF operation.

Since the campaign began in June, U.S. -backed Syrian fighters have seized more than 60 per cent of the city, tightening the noose on hundreds of IS militants who are fighting to the death for the city, and trapping thousands of civilians with them.

The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria, and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used. Masyaf is located in Hama province, near the Mediterranean Sea about 40 kilometers north of the Syria-Lebanon border.

Syria's Deir al-Zour province borders Iraq, and provides a link between Iraq and al-Raqqa, which is seen as the de facto capital of Islamic State group.

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