Last Islamic State town in Syria falls

Iraqi premier vows to respond to attacks from Syria

The two groups had been making significant gains against IS in their respective countries in recent weeks.

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

The latest loss leaves the jihadists clinging on to just a few small pockets of territory in Iraq and Syria, a far cry from the vast stretches they controlled after rampaging across the region in 2014.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government forces and allied troops, including Iraqi fighters, are combing Boukamal, a strategic town on the border with Iraq, on Thursday after IS militants withdrew.

Syrian forces captured the provincial capital, Deir al-Zour, from IS on Friday.

It said the fighting would pave the way for Syrian troops to regain full control of the border town.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have also been carrying out offensives in the area.

After a brutal campaign that has seen them recapture a string of major cities, Iraqi forces are now waging a final offensive along their side of the frontier with Syria to wipe out the last remnants of IS territory.

Among the occupied areas still under the Islamic State's control are a group of towns that are located along the Euphrates River Valley; they include Al-'Asharah, Abu Hammam, Hajeen, Al-Jala', and Sousah.

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