Syria army, allies retake last IS-held town

A USA -backed coalition has supported a rival campaign in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that have pushed Islamic State from much of the country's north and east. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, reported that Iraqi militias had crossed into Syria to join the assault, but they denied it.

Syrian government forces have captured the town of Abu Kamal located in the Euphrates valley on the border with Iraq, according to an RT Arabic correspondent and local TV.

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

On Tuesday, Bouthaina Shaaban, a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, described the US forces aiding the SDF in Syria as illegal invaders.

"They only control about four or five per cent of the original area they covered, so the number of targets has dropped dramatically, particularly in the last month".

After retaking Al-Qa'im, Iraqi forces have reportedly begun operations to clear the deserts north of the crossing, leaving little room for ISIS to thrive. The bombing is the first since Iraqi federal security forces took over the city from Kurdish region-run troops last month in the wake of a controversial independence vote. Al-Abadi made his comments at a news conference following his weekly Cabinet meeting. The footage shows Hezbollah fighters posing with the group's flag as well as Syrian soldiers and allied militia posing with the national Syrian flag.

  • Jon Douglas