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Russia uses Deir Ezzor airbase to continue fight against ISIS

After more than one year of forced stoppage, the recently-liberated Deir Ezzor airbase returns to its full operational mode in the fight against the Islamic State in eastern Syria.

Footage posted recently on social media clearly shows 4 Russian Kamov Ka-50 attack helicopters - aka Black Shark - operating from inside the airbase.

The airfield - which has been renovated and reconditioned following its liberation last September - will be extensively used by the Syrian as well as Russian air force to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State in the country's east.

Russia is backing up a full-scale offensive launched months ago by the Syrian forces to expel the terror organization from its last strongholds in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor province.

The city's airfield - which sustained a years-long stifling blockade imposed by the Islamic State - has been out of service since ISIS jihadists took over the nearby Thardeh Mountains following a US airstrike on Syrian Army positions in September 2016.

[Source: By Zen Adra, Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi, Beirut, 14Oct17]

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