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IS recaptures last Syrian urban bastion
    2017-November-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Islamic State (IS) group recaptured Albu Kamal in eastern Syria on Saturday after a fierce fightback to save the last urban bastion of its collapsing “caliphate.”

The jihadist group overran swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq in 2014, but its self-styled “caliphate” has since been whittled down to a pocket of land along the border between the two countries.

IS is putting up a fierce defense there, particularly for the vital Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

Syrian government forces and allied militia from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran overran Albu Kamal on Thursday but lost the town again just two days later after a string of IS counter-attacks and ambushes.

“IS fully recaptured Albu Kamal, and government forces and allied militia are now between one to two kilometers from the city limits,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory, said Saturday.

The Observatory also reported 26 civilians killed, including nine children, since Friday night in artillery fire by government forces and Russian airstrikes that hit villages and camps for those displaced by the fighting in Albu Kamal.

Across the border, Iraqi forces seized Saturday several villages from the jihadists in an offensive to capture the last IS-held section of their country.

The operation’s commander, General Abdelamir Yarallah, said his forces captured Rumana and 10 other villages as they worked their way towards the Euphrates Valley town of Rawa, the last Iraqi town still held by IS.

The jihadist group has in the space of a few weeks seen its “caliphate” shrink to a small rump and lost major cities such as Mosul in Iraq, and Raqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria. Albu Kamal is the last significant Syrian town it controls. (SD-Agencies)

 

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