Saturday, January 16, 2016

IS Attack in Syria's Deir Ezzor Kills 35 Soldiers; Govt. Troops Kill 16 IS Fighters in Aleppo Prov.

At least 35 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed today (January 16, 2016) in a multi-front attack by the Islamic State (IS) group on the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

The fighting came as regime forces battled IS in the northern province of Aleppo, repelling a jihadist assault and killing at least 16 fighters from the group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS had advanced into the northern tip of Deir Ezzor city in eastern Syria, and captured the suburb of Al-Baghaliyeh.

The advance puts IS in control of around 60 percent of the city, with the regime holding the rest.

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