Iraqi forces enter al-Qaim in final offensive on ISIS-held areas

Investigators work around the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck a day after it was used in a terror attack in New York on November 1

Despite being driven out from large parts of Deir Ezzor, Daesh still controls 37 percent of the province and its militants are deployed in the eastern side.

The SDF control several oil and gas fields in eastern Syria, which they seized from IS militants this year.

IS is now facing twin assaults in the province, from the army as well as US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

Syrian government forces and their pro-government allies first broke the militant group's siege of their part of the city in September and have been advancing against ISIS positions since then.

Iraqi forces on Friday entered Al-Qaim, the main town in ISIS's last bastion in the country, military commanders said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abdi congratulated Iraqi forces on retaking Qaim just over a week after the operation began.

Footage posted on the website of the Syrian state news agency SANA shows the last moments of the fighting between the Syrian army and ISIS in Deir el-Zour, including shelling by Syrian tanks and plumes of smoke rising over the city's ISIS-held and mostly destroyed neighborhoods of Jamiayat and Jabiliyeh before they were liberated.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that more than 140 people were also injured in Sunday's attack in the suburbs of Deir Az Zor.

Six Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Russian submarine Kolpino, state-run Russia Today reported, quoting Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov at a press briefing.

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