Russian Jets Strike Isis Militants Retreating Towards Deir-Al-Zor
Russian Defense Ministry published a video on Friday (September 1) showing Russian jets striking Islamic States targets near Uqairabat and Madan Jadid.
According to the ministry Russian planes supported Syrian government troops advance and destroyed ISIS military vehicles and ammunition depots.
The Syrian army and its allies were fighting on Saturday (September 2) in Islamic State's last pocket in central Syria after taking the heavily defended village of Uqairabat on Friday, a war monitor reported.
The enclave lies close to the main road running between the cities of Homs and Aleppo near the town of al-Salamiya, and has been the site of intense fighting for months. Evicting jihadists from the area is viewed as necessary to improve security on the road.
The Syrian army, aided by Russian air strikes and Iran-backed Shia militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah, has advanced deep into eastern Syria this year against Islamic State.
It is pushing to relieve its besieged enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, one of the cities on the Euphrates to which Islamic State has fallen back after losses in both Syria and Iraq, but has left the pocket in central Syria in its rear.
The U.S-led coalition announced on Wednesday (August 30) it conducted an airstrike against a convoy of Islamic State (ISIS) militants evacuating the Lebanese border, who were allegedly heading towards areas in eastern Syria.
A convoy transferring hundreds of ISIS militants was seen on Monday (August 28) moving between Lebanon and Syria after a decision by the Lebanese Army and its allies to allow them safe passage.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, Ryan Dillon, told the AFP the airstrike was in an aim to block the ISIS militants evacuated from Lebanon from reaching eastern Syria.
About 700 ISIS militants and their families on Monday (August 28) started evacuating their last stronghold in the Western Qalamoun region.
At nightfall, a convoy of buses carrying the ISIS militants and their families, escorted by the Hezbollah fighters, headed towards the province of Deir ez-Zor, the last region controlled by extremist groups in Syria.