Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal 'captured'

09 November, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Ora Austin
  • The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic

Storming the al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province comes after the troops completely besieged the city, which is bordering Iraq.

Entry to Albu Kamal follows a series of stunningly quick defeats for IS in the province as well as the jihadists' loss of their de facto capital Raqa further north.

"The last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal, is free of the Daesh organisation", the commander said on Wednesday.

Al-Iraqiya TV said al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of Qaim and the nearby Husaybah border crossing in western Iraq.

The Central Military Media Center, an outlet affiliated with the Syrian military, said Syrian troops and allied fighters have begun entering the town.

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Albu Kamal is located on the border with Iraq on the bank of the Euphrates. Hezbollah is fighting alongside government forces.

First appearing as a major threat in Iraq and Syria in 2014, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, are being driven out of the cities they previously occupied. Inside of Iraq, small pockets of ISIS fighters remain, he said.

A USA -backed coalition has supported a rival campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that have pushed Islamic State from much of the country's north and east.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests, before spiralling into a complex, multi-front war that drew in global forces and jihadists.

Moscow is a close ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and launched a military intervention in support of his government in September 2015.

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