Syrian troops move to desert to deny militants space
Syrian army is moving troops to a desert region near borders with Iraq and Jordan to deny militants any space.
The town of Sabaa Biyar lies in a sparsely populated desert territory known as the Syrian Badia.
A spokesperson for rebel Southern Front group Major Issam Al Reis said the reinforcements sent by Syrian government also include artillery, tanks and armored vehicles.
Meanwhile, seven persons have been killed in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor in heavy shelling by Islamic State militants.
Islamic State holds most of Deir al-Zor province, apart from an enclave in the city and a nearby air base that Syrian government forces control.