Syria army enter area retaken from IS by US-backed rebels

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 15 May 2017, 19:44:30
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Syria army enter area retaken from IS by US-backed rebels

DAMASCUS, May 15: The Syrian army and allied armed groups have started moving large numbers of troops to a desert region on the country's border with Iraq and Jordan as US-backed rebels make advances nearby, according to rebel sources, says an Al Jazeera report.

Speaking to the Reuters on Monday, rebel sources and commanders said that hundreds of Syrian soldiers and fighters from Iranian-backed militias have in recent days poured into the town of Sabaa Biyar, located in a sparsely-populated desert territory that stretches to the Jordanian and Iraqi border known as the Syrian Badia.

In recent weeks, US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters had been advancing in the area, from which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) recently pulled out.

Sabaa Biyar, a remote town near the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway, was captured by the army and its allies last week as they seek to prevent areas left by ISIL from falling into the hands of Western-backed rebels such as the FSA.

"They have sent big reinforcements from artillery, to tanks and armoured vehicles," Major Issam Al Reis, the spokesperson for FSA's Southern Front group, told Reuters.

The Syrian army was not immediately available for comment.

 
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