By Reuters – Nov 09,2017 – JORDAN TIMES
A member of the Syrian civil defence, known as the white helmets, reacts at the site of an air raid on the rebel-held besieged town of Harasta, in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday (AFP photo)
BEIRUT/BAGHDAD — Syria’s army and its allies began an asssault on the largest remaining stronghold of the Daesh extremist group in Syria and Iraq on Wednesday, pro-Damascus media said, signalling the imminent fall of the militant group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
Daesh has been all but destroyed over the past two years, remaining only in Albu Kamal in Syria, Rawa in Iraq, in a few neighbouring villages and patches of desert, and some isolated pockets elsewhere.
At the height of its power in 2015, it ruled over an expanse of the two countries, eradicating their border, printing money, imposing draconian laws and plotting attacks across the world.
On Wednesday, the army and its allies surrounded Albu Kamal and started to enter it, the pro-Hizbollah Al Manar television said.
Syrian state news agency SANA said the army had met up with Iraqi forces at the border near Albu Kamal, encircled the town and started “intensive operations” against the extremists there.