By Reuters – Aug 24,2017 – JORDAN TIMES
Syrian pro-government forces fire towards extremist positions, in the western Qalamoun, on Wednesday, during an offensive against Daesh extremists (AFP photo)
BEIRUT — The Daesh terror group has asked the Syrian Army and its ally Hizbollah to let it withdraw from Syria’s border with Lebanon to the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, an official in the pro-Assad military alliance said on Thursday.
Syrian government forces and their Lebanese ally, Iranian-backed Hizbollah, are trying to oust Daesh militants from the western Qalamoun region of Syria on Lebanon’s border.
The offensive began on Saturday, coinciding with a Lebanese army campaign on Lebanon’s side of the border to drive Daesh from the Ras Baalbek area in the country’s northeast.
“Islamic State [Daesh] asked for negotiations and a withdrawal, and the Syrian side and Hizbollah agreed,” the official said.
Deir Ezzor province, which borders Iraq to the east, is almost entirely under Daesh control. The Syrian government has held on to a pocket of territory in the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor city, and at a nearby airbase.
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