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Syria declares victory over Islamic State

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Iraq's authorities are now battling the final pockets of jihadists in their last footholds around the town of Al-Qaim, and Syrian troops are also approaching. AFP

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s army declared victory over the Islamic State yesterday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. The army and its allies are still fighting the IS in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held in Syria. The capture of the town ends the IS’ era of territorial rule over the so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across Iraq and Syria. This sealed “the fall of the terrorist Daesh organisation’s project in the region”, an army statement said, using an Arabic term for the IS.

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