State media says forces and allies have entered western edge of city to further isolate Islamic State after earlier Raqqa infiltration

Syria’s army has broken a years-long Islamic State siege on the government enclave of Deir ez-Zor, according to state media.

The jihadi group has already lost more than half of its nearby bastion of Raqqa to US-backed forces, and the loss of Deir ez-Zor city and the surrounding oil-rich province of the same name would leave it with only a handful of isolated outposts.

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