DAMASCUS: Syrian government forces have swept across territory south of Islamic State group stronghold Raqa, capturing a string of villages and oilfields from the jihadists, state media said on Monday.
The landscape south of Raqa city strategically borders several provinces: Aleppo to the west, Homs to the south and Deir Ezzor — much of which is still held by IS — to the east.
On Monday, state news agency SANA said government loyalists had scored significant gains against IS in the area.
“Over the past two days, army units recaptured a number of villages and oilfields in western parts of Deir Ezzor province and southern parts of Raqa,” the agency said.
Published in Daily Times, July 18th, 2017.