Middle East

Syria regime retakes gas field from ISIS

Members of the IS (Islamic state) militant group loot the ammunition from a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. (AFP/ HO/WELAYAT RAQA)

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.





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