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ISIS retakes almost all of Albu Kamal town

Local | 2017-11-11 18:17:04
ISIS retakes almost all of Albu Kamal town
 Islamic State group jihadists have recaptured nearly all of Albu Kamal, putting up a fierce fightback for what had been the last significant Syrian town under their control, a monitor said Saturday.

Syrian regime forces and allied militia overran Albu Kamal, which lies on the border with Iraq, on Thursday but have since faced a string of ISIS counter-attacks.

On Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS had “ambushed” the attacking forces and managed to oust them from most of the town.

“ISIS has almost completely retaken control of Albu Kamal, pushing pro-regime forces to its southern and eastern edges,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based monitor.

Clashes were still raging there on Saturday, he said.

IS began counter-attacking on Thursday night, swiftly retaking several northern districts of Albu Kamal from pro-government fighters.

“It was Daesh’s biggest ambush operation, tricking the attacking forces into thinking they had controlled the city,” Abdel Rahman said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

Albu Kamal lies at the heart of what used to be the sprawling “caliphate” that IS declared in 2014 across swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Losing it completely would have capped the group’s reversion to an underground guerrilla organization with no urban base.
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