Iraq Launches Offensive to Recapture Last Town under ISIS Control

Trump has inherited America's vexed legacy in Iraq

Trump has inherited America's vexed legacy in Iraq

Syrian opposition activists say Islamic State (IS) militants have regained control of the Syrian town of Boukamal after fierce fighting with Syrian government troops.

A Hezbollah-run media unit had said on Friday that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the town during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it. The report did not elaborate on how the soldiers heard about al-Baghdadi or what they were doing about the information.

Rami Abdulrahman, head of the UK-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, told Al Jazeera that Daesh has captured some 60 percent of al-Bukamal.

Boukamal, IS' last major stronghold in Syria, was taken on Thursday.

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On Thursday, the Syrian army and its allies declared victory over the IS after seizing the strategic town of Albu Kamal on the border with Iraq.

IS has suffered a string of defeats at the hands of separate but simultaneous offensives in Iraq and Syria by the Russian-backed Syrian forces and allied militias as well as USA -backed Iraqi and Syrian fighters.

Across the border, Iraqi forces on Saturday seized several villages from the militants in an offensive to capture the last IS-held section of their country.

Two Iraqi infantry divisions and Sunni tribal forces are participating in the operation to recapture the small town of Rawa and its surrounding areas along the border with Syria in Anbar province, according to the Joint Operation Command statement.

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