Hawzah News Agency (Deir ez-Zor, Syria) - Syrian army soldiers, backed by pro-government fighters from popular defense groups, have entered the last major Syrian city controlled by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
On Wednesday the Iraqi army and their allies crossed into Bukamal, which lies on the Euphrates River and the border with Iraq.
The development came on the same day that Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that army forces and their allies have launched wide-scale military operations against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in the country’s west-central province of Hama in order to restore stability to al-Rahajan area and secure the road linking Hama to Aleppo.
A military commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the operations are meant to destroy the fortifications of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, previously known as al-Nusra Front, terrorists.
He added that army units, backed by Syrian Air Force fighter jets, have eradicated a large number of terrorists, destroyed numerous terrorist command centers and struck many vehicles, which had brought militants from Idlib in order to reinforce Jabhat Fateh al-Sham’s ranks in the area.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.