Syrian soldiers, allies 600 meters away from Iraqi border

Syrian army soldiers and pro-government fighters from popular defense groups have reportedly advanced in a number of directions in the country’s semi-arid al-Badiya region, reaching very close to the border with Iraq.

Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news network, citing an unnamed military commander, reported on Monday that the army units in cooperation with allies had managed to score territorial gains, and were now only 600 meters away from the Iraqi border.

The commander added that the Syrian troops and allied forces had planned to arrive at the border with Iraq in the first phase of their major operation, and then fully purge Badiya of foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.

He went on to say that the soldiers and their allies were now moving towards Dayr al-Zawr to break the siege on the troubled eastern city, which the Daesh Takfiri terrorists have held over the past three years.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army units have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle in the skies over Tafas town in the southern province of Dara’a. The combat drone had reportedly been rigged with explosives.

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