Deir al-Zour: Syrian Army Retakes IS-Held City as Iraqis also Advance
Albanian Daily News
Published November 3, 2017
Reports say the Syrian army are clearing the last pockets of IS resistanceThe Syrian army has retaken Deir al-Zour, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, state TV says.
Other reports said the Syrian army and its allies were clearing the last pockets of resistance from IS.
IS had held most of the city since 2014. It was important because of its proximity to the border with Iraq.
Meanwhile Iraqi forces have entered one of the last towns under IS control on the other side of the border.
They say they have also retaken the last border post between Iraq and Syria that was in IS hands.The success of the Syrian government forces inevitably raises the potential for clashes between them and US-backed, predominantly Kurdish units who hold a significant swathe of northern Syria.
It is a powerful reminder that while the war against the IS "caliphate" is well on the way to being won, the situation on the ground in Syria is becoming ever more complex.
With Iran eager to consolidate its influence, questions remain as to the Trump administration's future policy direction now IS is collapsing. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has consolidated his position and looks to squeeze opposition forces in the months ahead.