Syria army, allies retake last IS-held town

Last Islamic State town in Syria falls

The commander said hundreds of members of the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia Hezbollah militia had taken part in the fighting.

Pro-government media say Syrian troops and allied fighters have completely encircled the last Islamic State-held town. Earlier, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, said Islamic State controlled "more than 70 percent of Syrian territory" before Russian Air Forces started its operation in the Middle Eastern country.

The Syrian army took full control of the city of Abu-Kemal, which is the last polatom the terrorist group "Islamic state" in the country, reports RIA Novosti.

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Iraqi forces backed by the USA -led coalition drove IS from Qaim and surrounding areas last week, in what coalition officials said marked the end of the conventional war against the extremist group in Iraq.

Croft revealed that aircraft has yet to be moved out of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday that his country's "next war would be against the corrupt", according to the National Iraqi News Agency.

"The offensive to free al-Rumana, north of Qaim, was launched on Wednesday with participation of security troops and tribes", Qutri al-Obeidi, a senior leader with Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) in al-Baghdadi region in Anbar, told Al Sumaria News. Both the Syrian and Iraqi militaries, along with their allied militias and respective global sponsors, have largely defeated ISIS, but parts of Syria remain under rebel and Kurdish control.

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