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ISIS Fighters Killed by Russian Forces in Syria's Deir Az Zor

ISIS Fighters Killed by Russian Forces in Syria's Deir Az Zor

Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said IS militants have used the area around the town of Tanf near Syria's border with Jordan — where USA military instructors are also stationed — to launch attacks against the Syrian army.

"According to information received via several channels and confirmed "on the ground", influential Daesh field commanders, natives of the North Caucasus: Abu Omar al-Shishani, Alyauddin Al-Shishani and Salahuddin al-Shishani, who were hiding in Iraq for a long time, were destroyed", Konashenkov said.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated that within the last 24 hours, Russian Aerospace forces in Syria were focused on destroying Daesh reinforcements with a large number of foreign mercenaries arriving from Iraq to the region of Abu Kamal along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Syrian government forces pushed into one of the last remaining urban strongholds of the Islamic State group in the country's east on Friday, following days of fierce fighting and intense Russian airstrikes that involved cruise missiles from the Mediterranean, activists and officials said.

About 80 terrorists died in a raid on a command post in the al-Mayadeen area of Deir ez-Zor province, the ministry added, saying that 40 militants were killed near the border town of al-Bukamal, also in Deir ez-Zor.

The province of Deir Az Zor was largely reclaimed by the pro-Bashar-al-Assad forces in August.

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According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian forces and allied militiamen entered western parts of Mayadeen, including the town's wheat silos compound and the sheep market.

The advances against IS in Deir Ezzor have cost a heavy civilian death toll from Russian and coalition air raids.

IS remains in control of half of Deir Ezzor province, despite regime advances and a separate offensive against the jihadists by a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance.

The Syrian military shelled Mayadeen overnight and Syrian and Russian warplanes have conducted hundreds of strikes, it said.

Assad and his allies in Moscow and Tehran have now turned their attention to the eastern Syrian cities of Mayadeen and Deir Ezzor in a bid to remove ISIS from the territory that the group has held since its rise in mid-2014.

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