BEIRUT (Sputnik) – The Syrian government forces and its allies have surrounded Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) militants in the northeastern part of the country's Homs province, a source close to the Lebanese Hezbollah movement told Sputnik Thursday.
"In reality, the Syrian army and its allies have formed a circle, surrounding the Daesh militants on a vast territory of some 2,000 square kilometers [approximately 772 square miles]," the source said.
The source noted that the Syrian army’s forces met north of the town of As Sukhnah.
Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite movement, along with the Syrian army, launched an operation to liberate militant-controlled areas along the Syria-Lebanon border on Saturday. The forces have so far taken back over 90 out of 155 square kilometers (34.7 out of 59.8 square miles) from the terrorists. At the same time, the Lebanese army started an offensive to clear the Daesh from the areas on country’s side of the frontier.
Syria has been in the grip of a civil war for over six years. Government forces are fighting against Syrian opposition groups, who strive to overthrow President Bashar Assad, as well as numerous extremist and terrorist groups, such as the Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, also outlawed in Russia.