Army clashes with ISIL terrorists leave 34 dead in Syria: Report
Iran Press TV
Fri May 8, 2015 2:36PM
Nearly 35 people have reportedly been killed in fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor over the past 24 hours.
The clashes, which broke out in city of Deir ez-Zor and a nearby airbase late on Wednesday, have so far claimed the lives of 19 army forces and 15 ISIL terrorists, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday.
The Britain-based group said the ISIL terrorists beheaded five of the army soldiers after they seized a checkpoint near the city.
An ISIL terrorist detonated his explosives at the checkpoint before the fellow terrorists managed to seize it, according to the Observatory's director, Rami Abdel Rahman.
The Takfiri militants are attempting to take control of the key airbase from army forces. The military airport lies between the ISIL stronghold in Raqqa and the Iraqi border.
The latest developments come as Syrian soldiers have been gaining ground on the battlefield against the foreign-backed terrorists over the past months, inflicting heavy losses on them in several areas.
On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a series of setbacks against the terrorists does not mean the Arab country has lost its war on terror, calling for more confidence in the government in its military campaign.
The Syrian leader's comments came after a string of advances by terrorist groups in the northwestern Idlib Province.
More than 220,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced so far due to the foreign-sponsored turmoil which erupted in the country in March 2011.
According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting militants operating inside the country.
The ISIL extremists, which currently control parts of Syria and Iraq, have been carrying out heinous crimes against all communities in both neighboring Arab states.
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