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Syrian army, allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor
Syrian troops seized a suburb of the city of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria on Sunday, tightening the noose around Islamic State militants, a military source said.
Oil-rich Deir al-Zor province, which borders Iraq, is Islamic State's last major foothold in Syria.
The Syrian army pushed into Deir al-Zor city this month, with Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, breaking an Islamic State siege of an enclave that had lasted three years.
Russia's RIA news agency cited an unnamed source as saying that the Syrian army cut Islamic State's main supply line in the city on Sunday after taking control of the al-Jafra district.
[Source: Reuters, Beirut, 17Sep17]
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