TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “Units of our armed forces, in cooperation with allied forces, have regained control of the city of Mayadin in Dayr al-Zawr, killing a large number of terrorists and destroying their weapons,” Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported, citing a military source.
“Our units are chasing down remaining members of Daesh fleeing the city amid a collapse in their ranks, and the engineering units are removing mines and explosives planted by the terrorists in the streets and squares of the city,” the source added.
The loss of Mayadin, located about 44 kilometers southeast of Dayr al-Zawr, is the latest in a string of blows to the Daesh Takfiris, who are on the verge of losing Raqqah, their de facto capital in Syria, to US-backed militiamen from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Daesh overran large parts of Dayr al-Zawr province, including its many oil fields, in mid-2014 as it seized swathes of land in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
By early 2015, the Takfiri terrorists were in control of some parts of the city of Dayr al-Zawr and besieged the remaining parts, which were under government control. It is estimated that 100,000 people remain in the government-held parts of the city.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
Russia has been conducting air raids against the positions of Daesh and other terrorist groups in the country upon the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.