21:53 GMT18 May 2021
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    The Syrian Arab Army has restored control over 150km of border with Iraq, lowering Daesh capabilities in movement of militants and arms, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Monday.

    Syrian government forces have successfully taken back control of a 150-kilometer (93 miles) stretch of Syria's border with Iraq, the Russian General Staff said Monday, adding that four border posts and 22 checkpoints have also been set up.

    "To date, control of the 150-kilometer stretch of the Syrian-Iraqi border has been restored. Four border posts and 22 checkpoints have been set up. This allowed to significantly reduce the capabilities of the IS [Islamic State] terrorist group [banned in Russia] to transfer militants and weapons from Iraq to Syria," chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said at a news briefing.

    Rudskoy stressed that the Syrian government troops also took control over 211 kilometers of the Syrian-Jordanian border in As-Suwayda and Damascus provinces.

    Moreover, some 20,000 square meters of the Syrian territory was freed from terrorists in past 2 months, which is 40 percent of whole liberated territory, chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said.

    Since June, the Syrian government forces have liberated from Daesh 55 towns in Aleppo province.

    "In the northeast of Aleppo province, in the area of the Euphrates River, the Syrian armed forces continue an offensive against the Daesh terrorists. At least 55 populated areas were liberated in the region since June 1," Rudskoy said.

    Earlier it was reported, thatSyrian Army regained control over the settlement of al-Dakhilah and the As-Sabhavi gas field, located about 18 miles south of Raqqa, Syrian military source told Sputnik.

    "The units of the Syrian Arab army regained control over the settlement of al-Dakhilah, the well of as-Sabhavi and the gas field of the same name in the southern vicinity of Raqqa. A large number of members of the IS terrorist group (Islamic State, banned in Russia) were eliminated," the source said.

    Retaken territories allow government troops to quickly reach the bank of the Euphrates River and continue the offensive in the direction of the so-called "Daesh capital".

    Syrian crisis, Daesh, Syria, Iraq
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