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After years of civil war, Syria is now a country that lies in ruins. Thousands of people have died, millions have fled, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).

With no end of the war in sight, groups continue to battle for control over large parts of the country.

The Syrian government, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS), Kurdish factions, and several other rebel groups are still fighting for some of the most important parts of the country.

Government troops, supported by Russian war planes, have gained some ground over the past few months, expelling ISIL from Palmyra and other important places.

At the end of 2016, the Syrian government managed to capture Aleppo, one of the main battlegrounds in the conflict.

Meanwhile Kurdish fighters have made gains in the northern part of Syria, reducing the territory under control by ISIL.

Turkish troops recently joined the fight against ISIL, expelling the group from the city of Jarablus.

ISIL has not only been losing territory in Syria, but also in Iraq, where the Kurds and the Iraqi Security Forces recently recaptured ISIL's last stronghold, Mosul.

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A military and diplomatic source has told Sputnik that a US Air Force plane had evacuated Daesh (ISIS, banned in Russia) field commanders from Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition has denied the allegations, reported Sputnik News (Russia).

"Amid successful actions by Syrian government troops in the eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of field [Daesh] commanders backed by US special services, had been promptly evacuated from Deir ez-Zor to safer regions in order to use their experience in other directions," a military and diplomatic source has told Sputnik.

The source said that the first such extraction took place on August 26, a "US Air Force helicopter" had evacuated 2 Daesh field commanders of "European origin" with members of their families from an area located to the north-west of Deir ez-Zor at night.
According to his data, two days later, US choppers transfered 20 Daesh field commanders and militants close to them from an area south-eastern of the city of Deir ez-Zor to northern Syria.

"Militants who lost their commanders due to the Americans, usually tend to cease organized actions, leave their positions, join other [Daesh terrorist] units or one by one flee. This eventually contributes to the success of the offensive by the Syrian government troops in eastern Syria," the source said.

When contacted by Sputnik, the Combined Joint Task Force of the Operation Inherent Resolve’s press office has called the allegations "false."

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