Syrian army, allies, take last IS stronghold in Syria - commander

The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic

At the height of its power in 2015, it ruled an expanse of Iraq and Syria, eradicating the border, printing money, imposing draconian laws and plotting attacks across the world. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, disputed this account, saying some fighting continued across the town.

However, it still has a territorial presence in Libya and other countries and many governments expect it to remain a threat even after it loses its self-proclaimed caliphate.

Baghdadi took control of what was then known as the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010 after the death of its former leader.

The Syrian army, alongside its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, and other Shiite militias, and backed by Iran and Russian Federation, have seized swaths of central and eastern Syria in an advance against Islamic State this year.

Both sit along what was once an important supply route used by IS when the group controlled large areas in Syria and Iraq.




A video published on a YouTube account affliated with the pro-government forces shows Syrian Army soldiers and allied forces from various militia groups as well as Hezbollah fighters celebrating their victory in Abu Kamal.

REUTERS/Sabratha municipality media office/HandoutA view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by USA warplanes against Islamic State in Sabratha, Libya, in this February 19, 2016 handout picture.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have also been carrying out offensives in the area. Washington has not spelled out how its military support for the SDF would evolve after Islamic State's defeat. Sana news agency said Syrian and Iraqi forces had met on the border and the town had been surrounded.

Home to around 8,900 people, mostly from Sunni tribes, Rumana is located on the north side of the Euphrates in west Anbar Governorate.

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