Dayr az Zawr

Dayr az Zawr

(dĕr ăz zôr) or

Deir ez Zor

(–ĕz–), town (1994 est. pop. 133,000), capital of Dayr az Zawr governorate, E Syria, on the Euphrates River. It is a prosperous farming town, with cattle-breeding and an agricultural school. It is also a hub for transdesert travel and has an airport. Salt rock mines are nearby. The modern town was built by the Ottoman Empire in 1867. France occupied Dayr az Zawr in 1921 and made it the seat of a large garrison. In 1946 it became part of independent Syria. It is a cultural center and has a university, but the city suffered significant devastation in Syria's civil war, when it was besieged (2014–17) by Islamic State forces. The town's name also is tranliterated as Deir al-Zour and Dayr al-Zur.
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RAF Typhoons, Tornados and Reapers have hounded Daesh day and night, striking from Raqqa and Dayr az Zawr in Syria to Qayyarah and Al Qaim in Iraq.
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes, consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS targets near Dayr Az Zawr and 24 strikes in Raqqa destroying ISIS tactical units, three sniper positions, two command-and-control nodes,supply caches, communication tower and suppressed a supply route.
There were multiple reports online stating the 34-year-old died in an air strike in Dayr Az Zawr City, an IS stronghold, while others said he died in Raqqa.
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 43 engagements near Dayr Az Zawr, Raqqah and Tabqah, the announcement said.
The MoD said: "We can confirm the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the investigation.
In Syria, the statement said, eight strikes were concentrated near Al Hasakah, Al Hawl, and Dayr Az Zawr, striking four of the group's tactical units and destroying six buildings, among other targets.
backed rebels, while relatively few have hit Daesh territory in Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, and east of Aleppo, he added.
In Syria, coalition warplanes carried out two air strikes near al Hawl, two near Mar'a and one near Dayr az Zawr, the military statement said.
In Syria, 11 strikes near al Hasaka, Dayr az Zawr and Kobani also struck eight Islamic State fighting units as well as two vehicles and other targets, the statement said.
In the Kobani area, five strikes hit five small Islamic State units, while two strikes near Dayr Az Zawr 150 miles (240 km) to the southeast in Syria destroyed an Islamic State tank and vehicle shelters.
A statement from the US Central Command said, "The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple IS targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria.
itself to the east in Dayr az Zawr, a province rich in oil and gas