November 18, 2017
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Syrian government forces retake full control of last IS stronghold

Cairo, Nov 9 (efe-epa).- Syrian security forces and their Iraqi allies on Thursday recaptured the city of al-Bukamal, the last bastion of Islamic State terror organization in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, according to an army statement released by state-run Syrian news agency SANA.

Early on the day, troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces stormed al-Bukamal in the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour and engaged in heavy fighting with IS militants.

"The liberation of the city is of great importance since it represents an announcement of the fall of (the) ISIS (another acronym for Islamic State) terrorist organization project in the region, in general, and a collapse of the illusions of its sponsors and supporters ...," the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said in a statement.

The General Command added that retaking full control of al-Bukamal was considered, "a strategic achievement and a base for eradicating remnants of the terrorist organizations with its various names along the Syrian territories."

Al-Bukamal is a border city that the Islamic State had been using to send supplies to radicals in Iraq since it was seized by IS in July 2014.

The offensive on the strategic city came after Nov. 3 when the Iraqi armed forces recaptured the district of al-Qaim on the border with Syria. Inversely, Syrian forces pushed on to al-Bukamal several days after government troops - backed by Russian aircraft - took the city of Deir al-Zour, one of the biggest population centers held since 2014 by IS.

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