Syrian army secures largest ISIL hotbed in Homs province

Syrian army secures IS-held town in Homs province

Syrian army secures IS-held town in Homs province

The Syrian army said it fully captured the city of Sukhneh on Saturday, the last Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Syria's central province of Homs, state news agency SANA reported.

The militants have lost swathes of Syrian territory to separate campaigns being waged by government forces backed by Russian Federation and Iran, and by the US -backed Syrian Democratic (SDF) Forces, which is dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia.

Syrian government forces advancing from the west have recently crossed into Deir Al Zor province from southern areas of Raqqa province.

Capturing Sukhneh would enable the Syrian army to break the IS siege to the eastern province of Deir al-Zour near Iraq, as Sukhneh is located on the road between the ancient city of Palmyra and Deir al-Zour.

"The liberation of Es Sukhne from the IS terrorists opens the opportunity for the Syrian governmental forces for an offensive and de-blocking of Deir ez-Zor", the ministry said in a statement.

Shoigu told Rossia 1 television on August 12 that the amount of territory regained by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since June is twice as large as that which was controlled by Damascus in September 2015, when Russian forces began aiding Syrian forces with air strikes.

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