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Syrian army, allies seize oilfield from Islamic State in east: State TV

Syrian soldiers in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus on Aug. 24, 2013.
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Syrian soldiers in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus on Aug. 24, 2013.

The Syrian army and its allies recaptured an oilfield from Islamic State near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday in further advances against the militants, state TV reported.

Government forces this week broke through Islamic State lines to reach a government-held enclave of the city besieged for years by the jihadists, and are fighting to reach a nearby air base which IS still surrounds.

On Saturday, the army and militias fighting alongside it seized the Teym oilfield in desert south of Deir al-Zor, state TV said. Deir al-Zor is in an oil-rich area of Syria.