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Saturday 4th
posted by Steve Sweeney in World

IRAQI troops have captured the last Isis stronghold in the country, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said yesterday, leaving the extremist’s self-proclaimed caliphate reduced to just two towns on the Iraq-Syrian border.

Mr Abadi congratulated his forces for the “liberation of al-Qaim in record time” after troops entered the border town on Friday morning.

Earlier they retook the nearby Husaybah border crossing with Syria just north of the town — the border post with Syria in the Euphrates valley.

However the US-led coalition which has been bombing Isis told Reuters that there were still a few thousand Isis fighters in al-Qaim.

In Syria, around 2,000-3,000 fighters are also believed to be holed up in al-Qaim’s sister town of Albu Kamal.

A Syrian military official told Reuters that the defeat of Albu Kamal would strip Isis of its leadership structure.

“It will be tantamount to a group of scattered individuals, it will no longer be an organisation with headquarters, with leadership places, with areas it controls,” they said.

 




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