The City Of Abu Kamal has been liberated by the Syrian Arab Army according to officials. Abu Kamal was the last ISIS stronghold in Syria and its liberation is a sign that the Islamic State is entering its final days of physical presence in Syria. Syrian Army Command stated:
“The liberation of Abu Kamal city is very important because it signals the general fall of the terrorist Daesh organisation’s project in the region,”
Abu Kamal is a city in the Deir Ez-Zor Governorate region of Syria bordering Iraq, and was seized by the Islamic State during a 3 month offensive against the army in 2014.
Joshua Landis, head of the Middle East Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma, says that the fall of Abu Kamal is the ultimate demise of ISIS as a military power as they have no longer have any strongholds left in the area, and that it is only a matter of time before their eventual demise. In an interview with RT Landis said: “This is the end of ISIS as a ‘state,’”.
Landis also points out that with the city freed, ISIS militants will be unable to move freely between Iraq and Syria, making it easier to defeat them in the battles to come.
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