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Iraqi Forces Enter al-Qaim in 'Last Big Fight' against ISIS

Iraqi Forces Enter al-Qaim in 'Last Big Fight' against ISIS

Syrian state media say the army has liberated the eastern city of Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State group.

The Al-Qaim border crossing stands roughly two kilometers west of the Iraqi city of Al-Qaim, which Iraqi forces reportedly captured on Friday.

Syrian government forces and their pro-government allies first broke the militant group's siege of their part of the city in September and have been advancing against ISIS positions since then.

Before Syria's war began in March 2011 with anti-government protests, around 300,000 people lived in the city, the capital of Deir Ezzor province along Syria's eastern border with Iraq.

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With their self-proclaimed caliphate crumbling, the extremists have lost nearly all their urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Al-Zawbaei went on to point out that Iraqi ground forces were receiving air support from US -led coalition warplanes, which, he said, had succeeded in destroying "many" ISIS sites in western Anbar.

"With the loss of Deir el-Zour, Daesh loses its ability to lead terrorist operations by its militants who are now isolated and encircled eastern countryside of the city", said Gen. Ali Mayhoub, declaring victory in a statement read on Syrian TV.

"The defeat of Daesh today is the harshest and most important defeat since the start of the confrontation, as Daesh has actually ended in Iraq after being defeated in the most important point (al-Qaim) that Daesh originally spread from towards the northern and western cities like Mosul and Ramadi in the summer of 2014", Muhandis said.

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In October, it lost its one-time de facto Syrian capital Raqa after an assault of more than four months waged by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab alliance.

Iraqi forces had surrounded the last of the ISIS fighters in nearby towns Rawa and Romana, as well as surrounding areas north of the Euphrates River on Qaim's outskirts, Rasoul said.

The militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another, have recently been moving deeper into Syria's remote desert, where they are believed to be regrouping and preparing to return to guerrilla-style tactics, including scattered hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombings.

Abadi hailed the "liberation of Al-Qaim in record time" in a statement, just hours after Iraqi troops backed up by local Sunni tribal militia fighters entered the key town on the border with Syria.

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