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Syrian Army Seizes Oil Field From IS In East


The Syrian Army and its allies recaptured an oil field from the Islamic State extremist group near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour on September 9, state TV reported.

The Teym oil field is located in a desert south of Deir al-Zour.

Government forces also captured part of a main highway running from Al-Zour to the city of Al-Mayadeen, downstream along the Euphrates River, where IS militants have retreated, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

That advance would block potential IS reinforcements from Al-Mayadeen, which is close to the Iraqi border.

The oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour has become the latest epicenter of the war against IS.

This week, Syrian troops and their Iranian-backed allies reached Deir al-Zour, breaking a nearly three-year siege by IS on government-held parts of the city. Government forces are trying to reach a nearby air base, still surrounded by IS militants.

Recent gains have put pressure on IS, which currently holds much of Deir al-Zour Province and half the city, as well as a pocket of territory near Hama and Homs in the west of Syria.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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