Iraqi forces enter al-Qaim, last ISIS bastion in Iraq

Nov 06, 2017, 00:30
Iraqi forces enter al-Qaim, last ISIS bastion in Iraq

"The army announces full control of Deir Ezzor city", state television said in a breaking news alert, citing sources on the ground.

Gaining control of Deir Ezzor was a significant victory for the Syrian government, and followed ISIS' ousting from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the caliphate.

SOHR said the attack, carried out by Daesh, targeted people displaced by fighting in the oil-rich province who had gathered on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. The city is the largest in eastern Syria and the capital of the province with the same name.

The jihadist group has lost much of the territory it once held in the province.

"The threat remains, and there is still hard work to do, but we will continue to stand side-by-side with the Iraqi Government and the ISF to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS", White said.

Iraqi forces have entered al-Qaim, one of the last remaining territories in the country still held by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, the Joint Operations Command said on Friday.

Deir al-Zour is witnessing two military operations against ISIS.

Moscow's involvement in the Syrian civil war since 2015 has propped up Assad's forces and turned the conflict in his favor, while Russian mediation earlier this year launched cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.

In September, the battle to expel ISIS from the city began.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that more than 140 people were also injured in Sunday's attack in the suburbs of Deir Az Zor.

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