Homs, Syria – On Thursday, pro-Assad army forces recaptured a gas field from Islamic State fighters, local sources reported.
The Shaer gas field in Syria’s central province of Homs has changed hands four times since July, when Islamic State fighters first seized it and killed about 350 pro-regime forces and allied gunmen.
Syrian regime army forces retook the field east of the city of Homs later that month, but lost it again to Islamic State last week following clashes that claimed lives of at least 30 pro-Assad fighters.
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 continued fighting as U.S.-led forces began bombing the Islamic State in Syria in September. The United States states that it is not coordinating with Assad’s forces.
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