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December 16 2017, 10:38 | Irvin Gilbert
Syrian President Bashar al Assad
"Seven cruise missiles were launched from the surface position".
He said Syria believes that Iran, which has always contributed to the fight against terrorism, has a share in the recent victory, and praised the Islamic Republic for its "principled policies" in the war against terrorism and in supporting the Syrian people.
Syrian government forces broke a three-year Isis siege on parts of the provincial capital last week, and are now battling the extremists inside the city.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a USA -backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters, meanwhile have also launched a separate assault in Deir al-Zor province, which has become Islamic State's last major foothold in Syria.
Commenting on the operation, Bassem Aziz, a spokesman for the U.S-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said his troops have taken control of an industrial area on the eastern bank of the river, a few miles from the government troops. "The targets were 500 kilometers to 670 kilometers away".
In the aftermath of the agreement, the US-led coalition began conducting air strikes to block the convoy of fighters from reaching their destination.
Both the countries claimed that they should have been killed on the battlefield not moved to the Iraq border.
On Thursday, a surviving Hezbollah fighter was returned to Lebanon.
The U.S. -led coalition struck the road the convoy was traveling on, but said that it did not strike the convoy itself because civilians were present on board.
The advances against Islamic State, another blow to its control over territory it held for years as part of a self-declared caliphate, has raised concerns that it would bring the SDF into closer proximity to the Syrian government side, which is backed by Russian Federation and Iran.