Syria: Deir el-Zour Liberated From Islamic State

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In Deir Ezzor province, IS is under attack from both regime and SDF forces, while across the border in Iraq it had retained a foothold in just a single town, Al-Qaim, after losing its stronghold of Mosul in July and the town of Hawija in October.

The recapture of Deir el-Zour on the west bank of the Euphrates is another victory for President Bashar Assad's forces and his Russian and Iranian allies.

Deir al-Zour is the center of Syrian oil production and is eastern Syria's largest and most important city. Deir el-Zour, which had been divided into a government-held and an ISIS-held part for almost three years, is the largest city in eastern Syria and the capital of the oil-rich province of the same name.

The Iraqi forces unleashed a barrage of artillery fire against militant positions inside the town, backed by Iraqi and US-led coalition air strikes.

"The army forces... restored security and stability to all of Deir Ezzor city", a spokesman for the Syrian army command said in a statement broadcast live on state television.

"Several terrorists were killed and a number of booby-trapped vehicles destroyed during the operation", he said, adding that most remaining ISIS militants had since fled the area towards Al-Qaim.

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The militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another, have recently been moving deeper into Syria's remote desert, where they are believed to be regrouping and preparing to return to guerrilla-style tactics, including scattered hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombings.

State television said engineering units from the army were combing captured neighbourhoods to clear mines and other explosives.

"Some of them will fight until death, but they will not be able to do anything", he said.

Once Albu Kamal falls, "Daesh will be an organisation that will cease to exist as a leadership structure", the military source said.

An Iraqi officer in the western Anbar region said Iraqi forces have reached the border with Syria, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged the battle will be over within days.

And the Syrian Defense Forces, a Kurdish and Arab alliance, wants to seize as much territory as possible, including oil fields, to increase its chances of staving off a government takeover of the areas it holds, including Raqqa and the areas to the northeast where Kurds have carved out a measure of autonomy.

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