Syrian army, allies, take last IS stronghold in Syria - commander

Marsha Scott
November 9, 2017

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

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.

Amid lightning gains that saw the group control almost half of Iraq and Syria at its height in 2014, Baghdadi beckoned Muslims from around the world to join his militant cause during a speech from the Grand Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, his first and only known public appearance as ISIS chief. The Central Military Media Center, an outlet affiliated with the Syrian military, said Syrian troops and allied fighters have begun entering the town.

Syrian state television declared "Albu Kamal is liberated".

As ISIS is destroyed in Iraq, Croft said Iraqi security forces will not cross the border into Syria to pursue them.

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Croft cautioned that US operations against the terrorist group will continue for some time as ISIS morphs into an insurgent like force that is likely to try to exploit desert areas in Iraq and Syria.

Home to around 8,900 people, mostly from Sunni tribes, Rumana is located on the north side of the Euphrates in west Anbar Governorate.

The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an alliance of militias, denied a report by the Observatory that it had crossed the Syrian border and was attacking Albu Kamal.

Islamic State retains control over some areas of desert and villages nearby, as well as a town and some other villages in adjacent areas of Iraq, and in scattered pockets elsewhere in both countries.

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