Pro-Syrian government militiamen sit in the back of an armed vehicle in Bir Qabaqib, west of Deir al-Zour (4 September 2017)

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The military and allied militiamen have made speedy progress by way of the desert west of Deir al-Zour

The Syrian navy has damaged a siege of the jap metropolis of Deir al-Zour, surrounded for years by so-called Islamic State, state media say.

A media unit run by the Hezbollah motion mentioned troops and allied militiamen had reached the Brigade 137 base on town’s outskirts.

An estimated 93,000 civilians have been trapped in an enclave on the western financial institution of the River Euphrates since 2015.

Deir al-Zour’s surrounding province is the final main IS stronghold in Syria.

Raqqa, the de facto capital of the “caliphate” proclaimed by the jihadist group three years in the past, is underneath siege by US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

And in neighbouring Iraq, authorities forces have not too long ago pushed IS militants from the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar, leaving them with solely two footholds within the nation.