Hezbollah welcomes Syrian breach of Islamic State siege

The Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, whose fighters are among the Iranian-backed forces pushing toward Deir el-Zour, is congratulating the Syrian leadership for breaching a siege by the Islamic State group on parts of the eastern city.

In a statement, it says this latest achievement is a “prelude for the liberation of all remaining Syrian territory.”

Backed by Russian airpower, Syrian forces and allied militiamen yesterday reached besieged troops in Deir el-Zour, breaking a nearly three-year siege by IS militants in a significant triumph against the extremists.

Hezbollah, in its statement, describes it as a victory also for Syria’s allies who stood by it, and said this would not have happened were it not for the “determination” of the Assad regime.

— AP

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