Kurdish-led SDF launch operation against IS in Deir al-Zor

Syrian pro-government forces hold a position near the village of al-Maleha in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor

Syrian army soldiers, backed by allied forces, have managed to break a almost three-year siege imposed by ISIL terrorists on a strategic airbase in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

The commander of the US-led coalition, Lieutenant General Paul Funk, welcomed the start of the SDF operation.

ISIS is now no more than a shell of the Islamic State that ISIS leader Abubakr al Baghdadi proclaimed from the Al Nouri Mosque in Mosul as recently as July of 2014. This area is among the last remaining strongholds of ISIS and if the US-backed forces could reclaim this area, it would be like breaking the back of ISIS. Deir el-Zour is in an oil-rich area of Syria.

From the south, other military units have been advancing toward Deir al-Zour from the desert region of the remote eastern countryside of Homs province in central Syria.

"From the start of this situation on August 29, we have placed responsibility for the buses and passengers on the Syrian regime, who in conjunction with Lebanese Hezbollah brokered a deal with [Daesh] to move its terrorists into Iraq", according to Army Brigadier General Jon Braga, the coalition's director of operations, cited by Stars and Stripes.

Meanwhile, Syria's army says Israeli warplanes attacked a Syrian military position early Thursday near the town of Masyaf, killing two soldiers and causing material damage.

This week, Syrian troops and their Iranian-backed allies reached Deir Ezzor, breaking a almost three-year-old Isis siege on government-held parts of the city in a major breakthrough in their offensive against Isis.

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Pro-regime fighters managed to break a IS siege on government-controlled parts of Deir az-Zor city this week and is moving towards the airport.

The US-led coalition bombed roads to prevent the buses from reaching Al Bukamal, killing more than 80 militants and threatening to kill anyone that strayed too far from the buses.

'We're checking the information, ' he said.

The SDF is still battling to eliminate Isis from the final areas it controls in Raqqa, northwest of Deir Ezzor.

The source claimed that all of those killed or detained were IS "supporters" and said that they were intending to flee to neighbouring Afghanistan, but did not offer their evidence.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Syrian foreign ministry filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, urging it to denounce the strike.

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