An Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suicide bomber detonated a tank at a Syrian air base in the province of Deir al-Zor, one of the last remaining government strongholds in eastern Syria, jihadist social media and a monitoring group said on Friday.

One ISIL Twitter account published two photos of a smiling man it named Abu al-Farouq al-Libi, who it said carried out the “suicide operation”.

ISIL has been gradually consolidating control of the oil-producing Deir al-Zor region this year. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have held on to the local military air base and parts of the provincial capital. […]