BEIRUT: Syrian government troops Saturday recaptured the Shaar gas field in Homs province from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, a week after the jihadists seized it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Since this morning, there has been fighting around the Al-Shaar field between regime forces and the IS. The army has succeeded in ejecting the jihadists, and it now controls the site and surrounding hills," Observatory chief Rami Abdel-Rahman told AFP.
The powerful jihadist group, which operates in Syria and Iraq and nows recently announced the formation of a "caliphate" named the Islamic State, killed around 300 members of the Syrian security forces in the battle for the key facility. Some of them were executed after being captured.