Russian Warplanes Help Syrian Army Liberate Daesh Hotbed in Homs

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

"On August 13, 2017, as a result of joint actions by the Russian Aerospace Forces, Syrian government troops and militia units in the east of the province of Homs, the town of As-Sukhnah was completely freed from Daesh terrorists".

Syrian government forces have been also advancing against Daesh in Hama province and in southern areas of Raqqa province. The SDF is now focused on capturing Raqa city from Daish.

At the moment, ISIS controls almost entire Deir al-Zor, while the Syrian government holds a small enclave in Deir al-Zor city, and a nearby military base. The Syrian government still controls a pocket of territory in Deir Al Zor city, and a nearby military base.

The local media earlier reported the city's liberation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the seven volunteers had all been killed by bullets to the head.

Two minibuses, some white helmets and walkie-talkies were stolen, so it was not clear whether the motive for the attack was political or criminal. "Colleagues came in the morning for the change of shift and found them dead", its director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.

The White Helmets organization was formed in 2013, working to rescue civilians in rebel-held areas in Syria.

They have since gained global renown for their daring rescues, often filmed and circulated on social media, and were nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

They receive funding from a number of western governments, including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.

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