Syrian President Bashar Assad traveled Fri. to a town just lately captured from Islamic State group militants to attend Eid al-Adha prayers.
Assad prayed in Bilal mosque in Qarat, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Damascus. He was surrounded by worshippers after the complete of the prayers who chanted in his support.
Qarat fell throughout a joint weeklong offensive between Syria’s army & Lebanon’s Hezbollah to oust the militants from an area in that straddles the Syria-Lebanon border.
The Lebanese army carried out a separate still simultaneous marketing crusade on the opposite side of the border, securing the shared frontier for the 1st time in years of time of time.
However the offensive was overshadowed by a arguable deal to transport the remaining militants from the world to an IS-held town in japanese Syria near the Iraqi border in exchange for divulging the fate of missing Lebanese fighters.
The Hezbollah-negotiated deal angered Iraq & the U.S. & a convoy carrying around 300 militants & as many relations has-been stuck since early this current week in a government-controlled area within the desert outside Deir el-Zour province.
The united statesled coalition carried out airstrikes near the convoy, blocking its advance & concentrating on militants & their automobiles coming from IS areas to satisfy them.
On Thurs., the convoy was moved to another Syrian government-held area after their passage to Boukamal, the IS-held town on the border with Iraq, was blocked.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah stated Thurs. in that he met personally with Assad in Syria to ask for his assist in securing a deal in that may assist clear the Lebanon-Syria border area & uncover the fate of the Lebanese troopers, missing since 2014.
Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, stated some ambulances in that have been part of the IS convoy have been capable of cross in to IS-held territories in Syria on Thurs.. This was followed by the release of the body of a lately captured Iranian Revolutionary Guard member, apparently part of the deal.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard & Hezbollah are fighting alongside Assad’s forces. Bodies of Hezbollah fighters have been additionally let go as part of the deal.
The standoff came as authorities & allied troops have been advancing within the desert area on the sides of oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, which is usually controlled by IS. Syrian authorities forces control part of the provincial capital of the same name & its airport, still have been besieged by IS for years of time of time.
Russia, which is offering air support to Assad’s forces, states capturing Deir el-Zour is the present military priority.