US News Syrian army 'capture' last IS stronghold

05:50  09 november  2017
05:50  09 november  2017 Source:   Sky News

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That is Daesh's last stronghold near Salamiyah. Syrian Army captured Buraq al-Nashmi in East Homs.

Syrian troops have captured Al-Mayadeen in Deir ez-Zor province, one of the last strongholds still remaining in the hands of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Russia’s Foreign Ministry has Earlier, a military source told SANA state news agency that the Syrian army has captured Al Mayadeen.

Iraqi forces are seen flashing the sign for victory on the Albu Kamal border © Getty Iraqi forces are seen flashing the sign for victory on the Albu Kamal border

The Syrian army has captured the last major Islamic State-held town, Albu Kamal, the country's media said.

The pro-Assad alliance commander confirmed the last urban centre in Syria was now free.

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

The army and its allies moved into the city and were driving out ISIS fighters throughout Wednesday.

It marks another significant point in the fight against the militant group, which is now effectively wiped out following the fall of major strongholds.

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army and its allies seized an oil pumping station in eastern Syria from Islamic State, paving the way for an advance towards the jihadists’ last remaining Syrian stronghold , a Iraq declared on Thursday the start of an offensive to capture al-Qaim and Rawa, the last patch of Iraqi territory still in IS hands.

The Syrian government forces on Saturday captured the city of Sukhneh, the last Islamic State ( IS ) stronghold in the central province of Homs. The capture

Earlier this month, the forces celebrated taking Deir el Zor after two months of fighting.

Albu Kamal was the last urban centre in Syria in the hands of the extremists. According to SANA, the advance came as troops and allies, including fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, met at the Iraqi border.

There were reports from the alliance commander that the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces, an alliance of militias, had crossed into Syria, but the group denied this.

"Our movements are carried out under orders from the commander in chief of the armed forces and our key objective is to liberate Iraq's territories from Daesh. We have no orders to cross the borders," PMF spokesman Ahmed al-Asadi said.

The United Nations estimates that 120,000 people have been displaced from Albu Kamal alone in recent weeks, as allied troops drove out ISIS.

In October, Islamic State was driven out of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate.

The group is continuing to lose ground in the region, but still has a presence in Libya.

In July, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared that the city of Mosul had been "liberated" from Islamic State.

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