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Syrian Army Repels ISIL Insurgents From Deir Ez-Zor Military Airfield

Sputnik News

17:30 13.09.2015(updated 17:37 13.09.2015)

The Islamic State (ISIL) militants were forced to withdraw several kilometers away from a military airfield in the Deir ez-Zor province in Syria, according to a source in Syrian army.

BEIRUT (Sputnik) – Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assar pushed the Islamic State (ISIL) insurgents on Sunday back from a military airfield in the Deir ez-Zor province in northeastern Syria, an army source said.

'The army and brigades of local tribe militias launched a morning counter-attack near the airport. Terrorists were forced to withdraw several kilometers away from residential areas, among other places,' the source told RIA Novosti.

He denied earlier reports by Arab-language media claiming IS had captured the barracks belonging to the Syrian army's rocket battalion and a part of the air base.

Last Thursday, ISIL militants advanced on the government-controlled air base in the Deir ez-Zor province, blowing up two explosives-laden personnel carriers on the eastern side of the airport. Both warring parties suffered losses in the clashes that ensued.

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