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Syrian government gears up for major military operation against IS in the desert

Syrian government forces are deployed in the Syrian desert in preparation for a large campaign against the Islamic State.
This picture shows the damage in a street in the central Syrian town of al-Qaryatain in Homs province.

Media sources from Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria told Al-Monitor that government forces instructed members in Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa to mobilize ahead of a major military operation in the Badia region of the Syrian desert. The operation will comb the Deir ez-Zor-Homs-Raqqa-Hama countryside at the behest of Russia, according to the sources.

The sources also revealed high-level coordination between Russia and Iran in the Deir ez-Zor area regarding this operation, especially in the western Deir ez-Zor countryside. 

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