TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syria’s army and its allies captured Daesh’s (also known as ISIS or ISIL) last stronghold in Syria on Wednesday, media reports said.
“The last stronghold of Daesh, al-Bukamal, is free of the Daesh organization,” a commander in the Syrian army said to Reuters.
Syrian state television also confirmed that “al-Bukamal is liberated”.
“Army troops and allied forces broke through Daesh defenses and entered al-Bukamal, waging fierce battles inside the town,” Syria state news agency SANA reported.
It said the fighting would pave the way for Syrian troops to regain full control of the border town.
Syria’s army and its allies surrounded and started to enter al-Bukamal on Wednesday.
Daesh’s so-called caliphate has been all but destroyed over the past two years, remaining only in Rawa in Iraq, in a few neighboring towns and patches of desert, and some isolated pockets elsewhere.
The Syrian army and its allied fighters seized swathes of central and eastern Syria in an advance against the terror group this year.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.