ISIS pushed forward in their offensive on a major military air base in eastern Syria Friday capturing a nearby village in an attempt to take one of President Bashar Assad’s last outposts in a province that borders Iraq, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say clashes continued for the second day around the air base just outside the contested eastern city of Deir al-Zor. The Observatory said fighters from ISIS captured the strategic village of Jafra reaching the fence of the sprawling air base.

The Observatory, which has a network of activists around the country, said the fighting that started with an ISIS offensive early Thursday has killed 30 government troops and 27 jihadi fighters. […]