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

Aaron Brown
November 9, 2017

At the height of its power in 2015, it ruled over an expanse of the two countries, eradicating their border, printing money, imposing draconian laws and plotting attacks across the world.

The Syrian army, alongside its Lebanese military ally Hezbollah and other Shia militias, and backed by Iran and Russian Federation, have seized swathes of central and eastern Syria in an advance against Islamic State this year. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, reported that Iraqi militias had crossed into Syria to join the assault, but they denied it.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced on Friday the liberation of Qaim "in record time" - just over a week since announcing the offensive targeting the last Iraqi remnants of the self-styled caliphate IS declared after rampaging across Iraq and Syria in 2014.

REUTERS/Sabratha municipality media office/HandoutA view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by USA warplanes against Islamic State in Sabratha, Libya, in this February 19, 2016 handout picture. The jihadi organization, which grew out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and was known for its commitment to sectarian violence against the country's Shiite Muslim community, had grown powerful during the US occupation of Iraq and took advantage of the uprising against Assad to spread to Syria in 2013.

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

Albu Kamal is located on the border with Iraq on the bank of the Euphrates.

IS retains control over some areas of desert and villages nearby, and a few other pockets in both Iraq and Syria.

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