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SYRIA SAYS EXPANSION TO BADIYA STRATEGIC TWIST

AMMAN, June 11 (NNN-KUNA) -- The Syrian Army Command said on Saturday that advance of the government troops to the Syrian-Iraqi borders is a strategic turn in the forces' military operations in Al-Badiya desert.

The regular forces have reached border points north of Al-Tanf, taking over a chain of strategic positions.

The military command indicated that it planned wider deployment of the troops in the areas straddling the border and tightening the noose around strongholds of the so-called Islamic State.

It warned the US-commanded coalition against striking the government troops "while moving to restore security and stability on all Syrian territories."

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Rights (SOHR), the opposition tongue, said in a report that the forces taking part in the "wrath of the Euphrates" operation burst into a second district in the IS-held Riqaa town.

The US-backed "the Forces of Democratic Syria" took control of the western half of Al-Sabbahiah district in Riqqa, amid ongoing fierce fighting around the town, a main stronghold for the notorious group.

The regime has restored control over nearly 6,000 sq. km. from IS and other opposition groups in the Badiya desert to the east of Homs and Damascus governorates since May 9, according to a SOHR's report.

Source: NAM News Network