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Syria: Army sappers blow up IS ‘headquarters’ in Deir ez-Zor01:59

Syria: Army sappers blow up IS ‘headquarters’ in Deir ez-Zor

Syrian Arab Republic, Deir ez-Zor
October 30, 2016 at 17:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian Army sappers detonated a bomb in a tunnel that was dug under a building in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, where hundreds of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters had reportedly gathered, Sunday.

"We observed lately a large movement of IS fighters, especially those coming from Iraq after the Mosul battle" explained a Syrian Army officer. "We dug a tunnel and blew it up under their headquarters" said one of the National Defence Force leaders, adding "IS fighters are definitely unable to access the area now."

A concerted military effort to rid Mosul of IS fighters has been ongoing since October 17. Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under IS control. The campaign is being fronted by the Iraqi army, Kurdish and Shia militias, and the US-led anti-IS coalition. Since the campaign began there have been numerous reports of IS members travelling from the war-torn city and retreating to strongholds in Syria.

Syria: Army sappers blow up IS ‘headquarters’ in Deir ez-Zor01:59
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Syrian Army sappers detonated a bomb in a tunnel that was dug under a building in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, where hundreds of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters had reportedly gathered, Sunday.

"We observed lately a large movement of IS fighters, especially those coming from Iraq after the Mosul battle" explained a Syrian Army officer. "We dug a tunnel and blew it up under their headquarters" said one of the National Defence Force leaders, adding "IS fighters are definitely unable to access the area now."

A concerted military effort to rid Mosul of IS fighters has been ongoing since October 17. Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under IS control. The campaign is being fronted by the Iraqi army, Kurdish and Shia militias, and the US-led anti-IS coalition. Since the campaign began there have been numerous reports of IS members travelling from the war-torn city and retreating to strongholds in Syria.

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