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

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

Footage aired by the Central Military Media Committee showed the encounter between the two fronts, which included the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, two Iran-backed Shiite Muslim movements.

A US -backed coalition has supported a rival campaign in Syria 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.

The two outlets said earlier that Syrian troops had linked up with Iraqi forces across the border. But a war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said it was not true that Albu Kamal was taken and there was still fighting in the area. It is located near al-Qaim, and as Iraqi forces continue to recapture their cities, many predict that it will not take long before ISIS loses their ground on Rawa.

IS overran vast areas of both Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, establishing a "caliphate". In the years since, however, local and worldwide forces have reduced ISIS territory in both countries to a fraction of its former self.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi gave instructions to his country's armed forces on Tuesday to deal with any terrorist attack, even if it arises from within Syria, Anadolu has reported. Pro-government forces were also mobilized last month to check a failed Kurdish bid for independence. Al-Abadi made his comments at a news conference following his weekly Cabinet meeting.

A map shows areas of control in Syria between August 30, 2017 and October 30, 2017.


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