Syria’s Army on Thursday declared victory over Islamic State even as it attributed its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country as a mark of the collapse of their project in the region.
The Syrian army and its allies have taken over Albu Kamal – Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Syria – representing the end of Islamic State’s project in the region, the army general command said on Thursday.
Reuters quoted the army general as saying in a statement that it is now fighting the last remaining IS pockets in the country’s eastern desert.
“The liberation of Albu Kamal city is very important because it signals the general fall of the terrorist Daesh organisation’s project in the region,” an army statement said, using an Arabic term for Islamic State.
Alongside Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other Shia militias, and backed by Iran and Russia, the Syrian army has recently seized swathes of land from Islamic State.
Albu Kamal, on the Euphrates River, is located in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor province on the Iraqi border.
The capture of the town ends Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over the so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across Iraq and Syria and in which millions suffered under its hardline, repressive strictures.