Syria's army and its allies, led in the battle by Lebanon's Hezbollah, have captured Albu Kamal, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hezbollah media, HO)
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Syria's army and its allies, spearheaded by Hezbollah, captured Daesh's (ISIS) last stronghold in Syria Wednesday, a commander in the alliance said, bringing the self-declared caliphate close to complete downfall.After a monthslong advance through central and eastern Syria, the Syrian army and allies Wednesday encircled and attacked Albukamal.Hezbollah was "the foundation in the battle of Albukamal," the commander said, adding that hundreds of the elite forces of the Iran-backed group took part in the battle.During the battle, Hezbollah forces entered Iraq and the Iraqi Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) militias crossed into Syria to help capture the town, the commander said.The Syrian army, alongside Hezbollah and other Shiite armed groups, and backed by Iran and Russia, have seized swaths of central and eastern Syria in the advance against Daesh this year.
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