TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The Syrian army and allied fighters have managed to retake full control over the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr in their latest push against Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
“The city is completely liberated from terrorism,” Syria’s state television report said Friday.
Earlier in the day, Hezbollah’s military news service reported that Syrian forces were bombarding the last Daesh remnants in the city to make their way into the final district under the terror group’s grip.
The report said Syrian government forces had recaptured al-Hamidiya, Sheikh Yassin, al-Ardhi and al-Rashidia districts, and had only al-Hawiqa district left to liberate.
Damascus began the liberation operation two months ago with the support of Russian air force, and broke Daesh’s three-year-long siege of the city in September.
Syrian army forces had in recent days stepped up their gains in the city, going neighborhood to neighborhood after the remaining terrorists.
The fall of Daesh in Dayr al-Zawr is yet another key defeat for the Takfiri outfit, which has over the past months lost most of the territory it seized in a lightning 2014 advance across Syria and neighboring Iraq.
Dayr al-Zawr is the capital of an oil-rich Syrian province of the same name, which borders Iraq.
The city used to serve as the main Daesh stronghold in Syria after the terror group was forced out of Raqqah in the north by a US-backed alliance of Kurdish militants.