Damascus: At least 150 Islamic State militants were killed on Friday when the Syrian army foiled an attack in Deir al-Zour province.

The army countered the IS attacks on military positions in the Tal Bruk in the countryside of Deir al-Zour, Xinhua news agency cited.

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The IS controls much of the countryside of Deir al-Zour province, except the city which is still under government control but besieged by the IS, and has repeatedly carried out attacks against government positions in the oil-rich province.

Russian aircraft frequently carry out airdrops of aid and food to the besieged people in that city.

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