Syrian army, allies, take last IS stronghold in Syria

NATION-NOW     Coalition airstrikes decline by more than 50% as ISIS crumbles in Iraq Syria     
       Coalition airstrikes decline by more than 50

As ISIS is destroyed in Iraq, Croft said Iraqi security forces will not cross the border into Syria to pursue them.

A video published on a YouTube account affliated with the pro-government forces shows Syrian Army soldiers and allied forces from various militia groups as well as Hezbollah fighters celebrating their victory in Abu Kamal. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, disputed this account, saying some fighting continued across the town.

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces also took part in the operation, close to the border between the two countries.

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"Part of those units crossed into Iraq, with the help of Hashed al-Shaabi units, to circle around Albu Kamal and reach the northern side of the town", the source added.

Despite its losses, Islamic State still has a territorial presence in Libya and elsewhere, and many governments expect it to remain a threat even after it loses the caliphate it declared from Mosul, Iraq, in 2014.

IS retains control over some areas of desert and villages nearby, and a few other pockets in both Iraq and Syria.

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Coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq fell sharply last month, a reflection of the collapse of the Daesh terror group, a US Air Force general said Tuesday. 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.

The Iraq Report is a weekly feature at The New Arab.

This month, the Syrian army captured the capital city of Deir al-Zour.

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"Our movements are carried out under orders from the commander in chief of the armed forces and our key objective is to liberate Iraq's territories from Daesh".

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