Fighting continued between Syrian government forces and ISIS in the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour continues.
Pro-Syrian government military media released a video showing the Syrian army and its affiliated forces intensifying its fight against ISIS fighters.
Syrian News Agency SANA said that army units operating in Deir el-Zour expanded their control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates River after eliminating the latest IS gatherings in the village of Marat and establishing full control over al-Tibni town and al-Bowaitiyeh village in the western countryside of Deir el-Zour province.
The region - especially Deir el-Zour province - is home to mineral, natural gas and oil reserves that the Syrian government will need to restore its economy as it looks to wind down a more than six-year-long civil war.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.