Assad Regime, Hezbollah Capture Last Major ISIS-held Town in Syria, Commander Says

Commander in pro-Assad alliance says Iraqi-sponsored forces assisted in the capture of Albu Kamal, near the Syria border

A Syrian pro-government forces member patrols Deir Ezzor on November 4, 2017. On November 3, Russian-backed Syrian regime forces took full control of Deir Ezzor
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Syria's army and allies including Lebanon's Hezbollah have captured the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria, a commander in the military alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Wednesday. 

"The last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal, is free of the Daesh organization," the commander said.

The commander added that Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces also took part in the capture of Albu Kamal, located in Syria near the Iraqi border on the Euphrates river. 

Hezbollah were "the foundation in the battle of Albu Kamal," said the commander, adding that hundreds of the elite forces of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group took part in the battle.

Earlier on Wednesday, the pro-Hezbollah al-Manar television reported that the army and its allies had surrounded Albu Kamal and started to enter.

Islamic State retains control over some areas of desert and villages nearby, as well as a town and some other villages in adjacent areas of Iraq, and in scattered pockets elsewhere in both countries.