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

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

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

Furthermore, a vehicle containing the militants were also captured by the drone, as they are seen to be fleeing to the last Islamic State city, Rawa, Iraq.

Al-Manar TV, the media arm of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, said Wednesday that troops have surrounded the eastern town of Boukamal, on the border with Iraq.

Despite its losses, Islamic State still has a territorial presence in Libya and elsewhere, and many governments expect it to remain a threat even after it loses the caliphate it declared from Mosul, Iraq, in 2014.

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Baghdadi took control of what was then known as the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010 after the death of its former leader.

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.

USA -led airstrikes against ISIS are down 60 to 70 percent the past month compared to the previous eight months as the caliphate crumbles in Iraq and Syria and the number of targets decrease "dramatically", according to the deputy commander for air operations against ISIS. Hezbollah is fighting alongside government forces.

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Syrian state media have not yet confirmed the capture of Albu Kamal. "The CAOC [Combined Air Operation Center in Qatar] essentially controls our air forces in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas, can easily flex our air power day by day to areas as required, and Afghanistan is an example of that".

Albu Kamal is located on the border with Iraq on the bank of the Euphrates. "We have no orders to cross the borders", PMF spokesman Ahmed al-Asadi said, using an Arabic term for Islamic State.

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