ISIS leader may be in eastern Syrian city of Boukamal

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be in Syria's al-Boukamal: Report

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be in Syria's al-Boukamal: Report

Islamic State group jihadists have recaptured almost all of Albu Kamal, putting up a fierce fightback for what had been the last significant Syrian town under their control, a monitor said Saturday.

A Hezbollah-run media unit had said on Friday that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the town during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it.

Media reports coming out of Syria on Saturday said that the terror group has managed to retake some parts of al-Bukamal, two days after the Syrian army announced its full liberation.

"The fighting is ongoing, now close to the town's centre", Abdurrahman said, adding that when ISIS fighters withdrew from Boukamal on Thursday it was a trap they set to hit back at government forces and their allies.

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The recapture of the Rawa pocket would mark the final battleground defeat of Daesh in Iraq and sound the death knell of the sprawling "caliphate" the group declared in 2014 over a swathe of Iraq and Syria the size of Britain.

On Saturday, Abdel Rahman said Albu Kamal was being pummelled by air strikes, but he could not specify whether they were Iraqi or Russian raids.

"Military units and people's militia launched a large-scale operation to liberate the district of Rumana and the city of Rawa", an Iraqi military commander said in a statement on Saturday, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Rawa is the last town still held by IS apart from Albu Kamal, Al-Qaim's twin town just across the Syrian border where the jihadists were still battling Damascus troops and allied forces yesterday after mounting a surprise counterattack late Thursday.

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