Syria troops advance against IS in Homs province

Syrian pro-government forces on a hilltop overlooking the town of Maheen, that they recaptured from the Islamic State group on November 23, 2015The Syrian army recaptured a town and village in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State group on Monday, state media and a monitoring group said. “The army in cooperation with popular defence groups (pro-regime militias) took control of Maheen and Hawareen in the southeast of Homs province after inflicting heavy losses on Daesh,” state television said, using the Arabic acronym for IS. Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the army’s advance, which it said had been backed by Russian warplanes and military helicopters.

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