Army personnel at the Deir al-Zor military airport on Friday. AFP PHOTO / THAER AL-AJLANI
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An ISIS suicide bomber detonated a tank at the Syrian military airport outside the city of Deir al-Zor, one of the last remaining government strongholds in the east of the country, jihadi social media and a monitoring group said Friday.Syria's state news agency SANA said the army had pursued ISIS fighters in the area around Deir al-Zor base and killed many of them.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the tank blew up on the outskirts of the base but gave no details of casualties or other damage. Rami Abdel-Rahman, head of the Observatory, said that ISIS militants, who this week were driven off by regime fire, once again appeared to be inching closer to the base.The Syrian air force also pounded ISIS positions in and around Deir al-Zor, but the strikes, late Thursday, ended up mortally wounding two civilians in the village of Hatleh, the Observatory said.
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