BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies reached an air base besieged for years by Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, said a commander in the alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Forces this week also broke the siege of a separate government-held enclave in the city in swift advances against the jihadists.

(Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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