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Debris of a building can be seen after warcrafts belonging to Assad Regime forces carried out airstrike in Umm al-Mayadeen district of Daraa, Syria on March 13, 2017.
Syrian government as well as allied forces have taken the eastern town of al-Mayadeen via Islamic State, a Syrian military source said on Saturday, further weakening the militants’ diminishing presence in Syria.
Al-Mayadeen, near the Iraqi border in Deir al Zor province, had become a major base for Islamic State militants as they were being driven out of their de facto Syrian capital in Raqqa city by a U.S.-backed offensive.
Over the past few months many of the individuals which the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has targeted have come via al-Mayadeen, coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon told Reuters.
The Syrian government campaign to take al-Mayadeen has been supported by heavy Russian air strikes. The U.S.-led coalition has also previously struck within the vicinity of the town.
Al-Mayadeen lies south of the provincial capital Deir al-Zor city, where Syrian as well as allied forces are also trying to oust the militants via a smaller pocket they still control.
The Syrian military source said the jihadists in al-Mayadeen had suffered a “collapse” in their ranks.