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Syrian army seizes last urban IS stronghold Deir al-Zour

Nov 03, 2017, 6:43 AM EDT
The loss of Deir al-Zour deals a big blow to IS, which took over huge swathes of the city in 2014.
(Source: http://www.rudaw.net)

Following weeks of intense fighting, the Syrian military and allied forces retook the city of Deir al-Zour on Friday, driving out Islamic State jihadists from several pockets of their last urban stronghold and a place of strategic importance given its proximity to Iraq border.

The loss of Deir al-Zour deals a big blow to IS, which took over huge swathes of the city in 2014, notes the BBC. Last month, IS fighters were pushed back from its de facto headquarters in the city of Raqqa while a series of defeats against the Iraqi forces on another front has also deteriorated the outfit’s grip in the region.

Nearly 40 percent of Deir al-Zour province still remains under the control of IS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor group, writes Al Jazeera

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