The Syrian navy says it has “fully liberated” the jap border city of Albu Kamal, so-called Islamic State’s final city stronghold within the nation.
Commanders mentioned the victory signalled the “fall of the terrorist Daesh [IS] organisation’s project in the region”.
A monitoring group mentioned militants had withdrawn to a different a part of Deir al-Zour province following negotiations.
IS now solely controls a couple of villages and desert areas north of Albu Kamal, and scattered pockets elsewhere in Syria.
The jihadist group seized giant swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, when it proclaimed a “caliphate” and imposed its rule over some 10 million folks.
But it has suffered a sequence of defeats over the previous two years, dropping Iraq’s second metropolis of Mosul this July and its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria final month.
The official Sana information company quoted the Army Command as hailing the recapture of Albu Kamal as a “strategic achievement and a base for eradicating remnants of the terrorist organisations with its various names along the Syrian territories”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, cited its sources as saying that Albu Kamal was retaken by troops and allied militiamen after the final militants within the city withdrew to areas in jap Deir al-Zour.
Militias had agreed to open a hall for the jihadists to go away, they added.
A navy media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah motion, whose fighters are supporting the Syrian military within the nation’s six-year civil conflict, mentioned military engineers had been now combing Albu Kamal for bombs and mines.
On Wednesday, Syrian troops linked up with Iraqi forces on the border, giving the Syrian authorities management of its first official crossing with Iraq since 2012.
Last week, Iraqi forces secured the Iraqi aspect of the crossing after taking the close by metropolis of al-Qaim as a part of an operation to clear IS out of its final pocket in Iraq.