November 8th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Joaquin Flores for FRN –
AL BUKAMAL, Syria – Al-Mayadeen TV has reported that the Syrian Army & Allies (Hezbollah and Iraqi militias) have liberated Al-Bukamal city, the last stronghold of ISIS in Syria.
As we previously reported, Iraqi forces entered Syria for a joint offensive on ISIS held Al Bukamal, just a few kilometres away from the border with Iraq.
Iraqi forces were only involved in operations inside of Albu Kamal, their objective was to stop the ISIS threat directly on the Syrian-Iraqi border with a 10km engagement envelope agreed upon between Baghdad and Damascus. This mission is reportedly now successful.
The Iraqi PM said earlier today that Iraqi forces will enter Syria to continue the fight against ISIS. They have now officially done so which is unprecedented and the first time Iraqi government soldiers have entered Syria to fight ISIS.
The liberation of Albukamal is crucial in defeating ISIS and will effectively render ISIS into a small-scale insurgency, a far cry from what it once was at its peak controlling huge swathes of Syria and Iraq.
Earlier today Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the fight against ISIS will continue even from within Syrian territory, as reported by FRN.
Only last week the major ISIS-held city of Al-Qaim in Iraq, directly opposite Albukamal, was liberated by Iraqi forces.
Al-Mayadeen TV is located in Lebanon and is affiliated with Hezbollah.