Army forces in Syria have made fresh gains in their fight against Takfiri ISIL militants in the country’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr province.

A Syrian army commander said that the regions of Asmar and Badran in Dayr al-Zawr have been cleared of the ISIL militants.

Clashes also reportedly broke out between the two sides in the Zubeidin region.

The army said it is advancing toward an area where the terrorists are concentrated.

Last week, the Syrian army made gains in the Homs countryside, days after government forces recaptured the strategic Shaer gas field from the ISIL militants in the central province of Homs.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has also recently said that “real pressure” must be exerted on those “financing, arming, and facilitating the actions of the terrorists.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. More than 200,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein.

Western powers and some of their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are reportedly supporting the militants operating against the government of President Assad.


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