Backed by the Russian military and fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance fighters, the Syrian army managed to break Daesh's three-year siege on Dayr al-Zawr province in yet another significant blow to the terrorist outfit.
The Russian military source clarified that more than 60 ISIL terrorists from the CIS countries, Tunisia and Egypt were killed in a Russian airstrike on the valley of the Euphrates River southern Deir Ezzor, in addition to destroying 12 vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.
The ministry said the "large numbers of foreign mercenaries" were coming into the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal from Iraq.
The ministry also confirmed the death of three senior ISIS commanders including Omar al-Shishani as a result of an earlier Russian strike.
"A command post of the terrorists and up to 80 (IS) fighters including nine natives of the Northern Caucasus were destroyed in the area of Mayadeen", the ministry said, adding some 40 IS fighters were killed around the town of Albu Kamal.
Dozens of ISIS militants, among them warlords and foreign fighters, were killed in a series of Russian airstrikes in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
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"With the support of the Russian aviation regime forces entered Mayadin and took control of several buildings in the West of the city", - quotes the edition the head of the London-based Syrian monitoring centre for human rights, Rami Abdel Rahman. "Instead of the New Syrian Army, mobile ISIL (former name of IS - TASS) groups, like a jack in the box, carry out sabotage and terrorist attacks against Syrian troops and civilians from there", he said.
Islamic State has lost swathes of territory to the Syrian government and to US-backed Syrian militias that are waging separate campaigns against the militant group's last major strongholds in Deir Ezzor province.
Hezbollah Military Media Center reported Friday that Syrian forces have retaken control of positions and heights parallel to the main road connecting al-Mayadin, located in the province Dayr al-Zawr, to the provincial capital of the same name.
The observatory said on Friday there were clashes in several areas in eastern Deir Ezzor province.
The Russian defense ministry has denied the men are its own.
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