Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Anti-IS forces retake last jihadist bastion in Syria

Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Rawa town, last IS stronghold in country Iraqi military launch offensive on last Islamic State stronghold – reports
Howard Terry | 12 November, 2017, 00:48

Syrian opposition activists say Islamic State (IS) militants have regained control of the Syrian town of Boukamal after fierce fighting with Syrian government troops. "Our armed forces units, in cooperation with allied and auxiliary forces, have liberated the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province", a statement carried by the official SANA news agency said.

But on Saturday, troops backed by paramilitaries recruited among the region's Sunni Arab tribes "launched a major offensive to liberate Rumana and the Rawa area", General Abdelamir Yarallah said.

The recapture of Rawa would mark the final battleground defeat of the group in Iraq and the demise of the "caliphate" declared by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 over large expanses of Iraq and Syria.

Abu Kamal is the main border crossing into Iraq, where it links with al-Qaim, another town which recently fell to Iraqi forces from ISIS.

Russian-backed Syrian regime forces and allied fighters had steadily advanced on Albu Kamal from the south and west for weeks, while Iraqi forces had closed in on the border area from the east.

Last week, Iraqi forces recaptured the larger town of al-Qaim, in what Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called "record time", leaving just a few small pockets of land in ISIS hands, including Rawa and surrounding scraps of desert.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said on November 11 that Syrian government forces and their allies "are now between one to two kilometers from the city limits".

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