Syrian troops kill 58 IS militants

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Syrian troops killed 58 militants associated with the Islamic State (IS) group in the country’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, a media report said.

The Syrian forces killed the IS militants who were trying to attack an air base in the countryside of Deir al-Zour on Sunday, Xinhua reported citing SANA news agency.

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The army forces also killed tens of IS militants in the towns of Nasib Daghim, Zira’, and Hwaijet Muraiyeh in Deir al-Zour, near the Iraqi borders, according to SANA news agency.

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The IS, which is in control of large swathes of the oil-rich Deir al-Zour, has repeatedly attempted to storm the Deir al-Zour airbase, as it is considered as a main bastion for the Syrian army.

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Last September, the IS said that its militants had captured a missile battalion near the Deir al-Zour airbase killing 90 Syrian soldiers and officers.

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