Syrian government forces retake gas field from Islamic State: monitor
Syrian government forces and allied armed groups recaptured a gas field from Islamic State fighters on Thursday, a monitoring group said.
Government forces retook the field, which lies to the east of the central city of Homs, later that month but lost it again to Islamic State last week in fighting that killed at least 30 pro-government fighters.
The Observatory did not give casualty figures or further details for Thursday's fighting when pro-government forces again retook the field.
Clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State were relatively rare until the summer, when the jihadists began taking government bases including several in the northern province of Raqqa.
The two sides have continued fighting as U.S.-led forces began bombing Islamic State in Syria in September. The United States says it is not coordinating with Assad's forces.
(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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- November 6, 2014
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