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

Government forces this week broke through Islamic State lines to reach a government-held enclave of the city besieged for years by the jihadists.

Meet the key players in Syria's civil war.  Picture: CNN

BEIRUT – 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.