September 9, 2017 / 2:11 PM / 15 days ago

Syrian army, allies reach airbase besieged by IS in eastern Syria - commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies reached an air base besieged for years by Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, said a commander in the alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Forces this week also broke the siege of a separate government-held enclave in the city in swift advances against the jihadists.

Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Gareth Jones

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