Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand beside a military vehicle in Mahr and Shaer gas fields after regaining control of the area, in Homs countryside November 15, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian
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Powerful blasts rocked a gas field in central Syria Monday, with an activist group saying they were caused by Daesh (ISIS) blowing up pumping stations.Daesh seized the Shaar gas field last week, but Syrian armed forces and pro-government militias have fought hard to get it back.Five fortified defense posts and two gun posts were destroyed, while 27 fighters were killed in areas less than 10 kilometers from Turkey's border.Monday, a Pentagon spokesman said Daesh has continued losing control over territory across Iraq and Syria, including almost half of what it had once held in Iraq.The Defense Department had previously estimated that Daesh fighters had lost control of about 40 percent of the territory they claimed in Iraq and about 10 percent of the land they held in Syria.
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