Syria: Truck bomb kills dozens fleeing fighting against IS

Syria: Truck bomb kills dozens fleeing fighting against IS

"Units of the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the allied and supporting forces, have accomplished the mission of fully liberating Deir Ezzor city from ISIL terrorist organization", a military source said on Friday.

Gaining control of Deir Ezzor was a significant victory for the Syrian government, and followed ISIS' ousting from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the caliphate.

The campaign to retake the city began in September when Syrian forces managed to break the three-year siege.

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Syrian troops backed by Russian Federation and Kurdish-led forces supported by the United States are now racing toward Boukamal from opposite sides of the Euphrates River, triggering concerns that a proxy showdown could ensue between the two sides. Deir ez-Zor is considered an important city in eastern Syria.

An Iraqi officer in Iraq's western Anbar region said Friday that Iraqi forces have reached the border with Syria as they continue to close in on the pocket of militant-held territory.

Qaim, about 200 miles, west of Baghdad in the Euphrates River Valley and has been used by ISIS to ferry fighters and supplies between the two countries at the height of the caliphate, when ISIS held almost a third of both Iraq and Syria.

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The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that more than 140 people were also injured in Sunday's attack in the suburbs of Deir Az Zor. The talks, sponsored jointly with Iran and Turkey, have brokered local deals that have significantly reduced violence in the country. The US-led coalition has said around 1,500 ISIS fighters are left in the area, which it expects to be the scene of the "last big fight" against the group in Iraq.

Six Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Russian submarine Kolpino, state-run Russia Today reported, quoting Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov at a press briefing.

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