September 5, 2017 / 10:43 AM / a year ago

Syrian army nears besieged troops in Deir al-Zor: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state television said the Syrian army advanced on Tuesday to within 100 meters of troops that Islamic State has surrounded for years in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor.

The army and allied forces have come close to relieving the Euphrates city after a swift lunge through jihadist lines. Islamic State has since 2014 besieged a government-held enclave where some 93,000 civilians live and an army garrison is stationed.

Reporting by Ellen Francis, editing by Larry King

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