ISIS claims capture of two Russian soldiers on Deir ez-Zour road

The Islamic State claimed to have captured alive two Russian soldiers in a counter-offensive it launched Thursday on Syrian Army positions along the highway linking Deir ez-Zour to al-Sukhnak. Syrian troops earlier drove the Islamists out of both these eastern strongholds. ISIS first detonated three car bombs to break through the Syrian army’s defenses, then stormed the towns amid fierce fighting. They claimed the capture of two Russian servicemen and a Syrian soldier in the surprise assault.

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