Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held town

Last Islamic State town in Syria falls

Last Islamic State town in Syria falls

"The liberation of Albu Kamal city is very important because it signals the general fall of the terrorist Daesh organisation's project in the region", an army statement said, using an Arabic term for Islamic State.

The Islamic State (ISIS) still controls over 60 kilometers (km) of territory in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, including several towns along the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates River, the Syrian military reported on Wednesday, November 8, Al-Masdar News reports.

Syrian state television also confirmed that "al-Bukamal is liberated".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government forces and allied troops, including Iraqi fighters, are combing Boukamal, a strategic town on the border with Iraq, on Thursday after IS militants withdrew.

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It said the fighting would pave the way for Syrian troops to regain full control of the border town.

The jihadists are confronted there both by Syrian regime forces backed up by Russian air power and a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters supported by a US-led coalition. Last month they captured IS's self-styled capital, Raqqa.

Daesh's so-called caliphate has been all but destroyed over the past two years, remaining only in Rawa in Iraq, in a few neighboring towns and patches of desert, and some isolated pockets elsewhere.

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