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IS Militants Recapture Syrian Town Near Iraqi Border

IS Militants Recapture Syrian Town Near Iraqi Border

Islamic State group jihadists have recaptured almost all of Albu Kamal, putting up a fierce fightback for what had been the last significant Syrian town under their control, a monitor said Saturday.

Iraqi forces seized several villages from ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, on Saturday in an operation to retake Rawa, the operation's commander said.

But on Saturday, troops backed by paramilitaries recruited among the region's Sunni Arab tribes "launched a major offensive to liberate Rumana and the Rawa area", General Abdelamir Yarallah said.

The defeat of militants in Rawa would mark the end of ISIS' era of territorial rule over the so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Syrian regime forces and allied militia overran Albu Kamal, which lies on the border with Iraq, on Thursday but have since faced a string of IS counter-attacks.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a visit to city of Karbala today said that Iraqi forces were launching an operation to push Daesh out of a patch on the western edge near the border with Syria.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, says he doesn't have such a report on al-Baghdadi's whereabouts.

The Syrian army had declared victory in the battle for Albu Kamal but IS fighters pushed back in from the desert to the north where they still control a strip of territory between areas held by government troops and by US-backed Kurdish-led forces.

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