Syria war: ‘Islamic State’ loses al-Qaryatain to government strengths

Syrian strengths and their partners have retaken the focal town of al-Qaryatain from supposed Islamic State (IS), managing a further key hit to the activist gathering, state media say.

It comes days after IS was pushed out of the adjacent antiquated city of Palmyra.

IS caught al-Qaryatain in August, and kidnapped several inhabitants, including many Christians. Numerous were later liberated.

A checking bunch said there were still pockets of battling in the town.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday there were still IS contenders in the eastern parts of the town, yet that they were pulling back.

In the event that the administration reasserts its control over al-Qaryatain, it would be a further support for President Bashar al-Assad, whose strengths – upheld by Russian air strikes – have made a series of increases against radicals lately.

The catch of the town would likewise give a focal base to government troops and their associates to assault IS-held zones close to the Iraqi outskirt, onlookers say.

A Syrian armed force general said troops had “restored security and soundness to al-Qaryatain and ranches encompassing it” and would cut off IS supply courses between the east and the Qalamoun mountains area in the west.

Al-Qaryatain, around 80km (50 miles) west of Palmyra, was assumed control by IS contenders in their first significant hostile since they seized Palmyra last May.

The blended city had a substantial Christian populace, a number of whom fled, however handfuls were stole and apparently taken to IS’ true capital, Raqqa. They were discharged weeks after the fact, reports said.

There has been an emotional drop in battling in Syria since a fractional truce became effective a month ago, however IS and the al-Qaeda-connected Nusra Front were avoided are as yet being focused on.