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In a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, dated September 6, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dedicated the victory in Deir ez-Zor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian government and nation.

American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are also fighting near the city, advancing from the north bank of the Euphrates river, while Assad's forces move in from the south. The submarines launched the missiles from underwater in the eastern Mediterranean.

Having lost its last stronghold of Mosul in Iraq earlier this year, ISIS now faces being wiped off the map in Syria as Russian-backed government forces push to take Deir Ezzor in the east, while the US-backed SDF advances into their "capital" of Raqqa.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that militants who used to fight against Damascus have agreed to side with the Syrian government troops.

At the end of August, the deal reached saw hundreds of militants and their families being allowed to relocate to Boukamal, an ISIS-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border.

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The U.S. -led coalition struck the road the convoy was traveling on, but said that it did not strike the convoy itself because civilians were present on board.

On Thursday, a surviving Hezbollah fighter was returned to Lebanon.

The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses and vehicles crossed into Deir el-Zour province Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a Kurdish-led offensive, backed by the US-led coalition, is underway in the northern part of the province.