Daesh no longer holds any territory in Syria, US President Trump and White House announce despite Washington-backed SDF militants reporting fighting in eastern Baghouz, the terrorist group's last pocket in the war-torn country.
Vice President Pence says US-backed militias liberating last pocket of territory in Syria controlled by Daesh terror group.
Syrian regime forces took back the town of Al Bukamal near the Iraqi border in Deir Ezzor province for the second time this month, having previously retreated following a Daesh counter-attack.
The Syrian regime and the SDF are very close to driving Daesh out from the strategic city of Deir Ezzor, the last urban Daesh stronghold in Syria. But for the key players, the political dynamics are proving complicated.
Turkey’s operation in Syria last year took seven months, the last half took place in the strategically important town of Al Bab. The YPG and the Syrian regime also fought for control of the Daesh stronghold.
At least 23 people were killed when suicide bombers detonated themselves. The assault came soon after Iraqi forces took control of the last major road leading west from the city of Mosul.
The operation to retake Mosul from Daesh began in October with a 100,000 strong coalition consisting of the Iraqi army, peshmerga soldiers and Popular Mobilisation Forces.
Fighting continues as forces aligned with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) prepare for a final assault on the stronghold of Sirte.
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