IS Clashes With Syrian Army for Gas Field

IS Clashes With Syrian Army for Gas FieldIS Clashes With Syrian Army for Gas Field

IS militants in Syria killed at least 30 pro-government fighters in an assault on a gas field that has witnessed some of the bloodiest confrontations between the two sides, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

IS seized the Sha’ar gas field in July, killing some 350 government troops, allied militiamen, guards and staff, according to a Britain-based group calling itself Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as reported by Reuters.

Government forces recaptured the field, east of the central city of Homs, later that month.

In a new round of fighting on Tuesday, IS seized three wells and killed at least 30 government and pro-government fighters, said the group. Clashes continued overnight, it said.

Large-scale fighting between the Syrian government and IS was relatively rare until the summer, when the mliitants began seizing government positions, including a series of military bases in the northern Raqqa province.

Fighting between the two has continued since US-led forces began bombing IS positions in Syria last month. The United States says it is not coordinating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The Syrian government has concentrated many of its forces on fighting other mliitant groups throughout the country including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front as well other groups considered more moderate and backed by the US and its allies.