Syrian government forces will march to Raqqa soon, Iranian official says

Iraqi Forces Recapture More Territory from ISIS in Anbar

Early Friday morning, units from the Iraqi army, Counter-Terrorism Services, Sunni tribal and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization forces (PMF) took part in an offensive to recapture al-Qaim and Rawa, two towns which lie on the border area with Syria.

ISIS fighters executed at least 741 Iraqi civilians in Mosul, including women and children who had tried to flee, during the nine-month battle by government forces to retake the northern Iraq city, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Al-Zawbaei went on to point out that Iraqi ground forces were receiving air support from US -led coalition warplanes, which, he said, had succeeded in destroying "many" ISIS sites in western Anbar.

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Located in Anbar province, al-Qaim was the most important population centre in Iraq to remain under IS control.

On Oct. 26, the security forces initiated their advance towards the last urban IS stronghold in Iraq near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

"The threat remains, and there is still hard work to do, but we will continue to stand side by side with the Iraqi government and the [Iraqi forces] to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS", White said.

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Deir Ezzor was also fully liberated on Friday, according to Syrian state media outlet SANA.

Driven this year from its two de facto capitals - Iraq's Mosul and Syria's Raqqa - both the Iraqi and Syrian governments and their global backers say they worry that ISIS will still be able to mount guerilla attacks once they no longer have territory to defend.

A senior Iranian official said on Friday that Syrian government forces would advance soon to take Raqqa city, which US -backed fighters seized from Islamic State last month.

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The ISIS losses in Deir Ezzor and Qaim further condensed and compressed ISIS territory, squeezing the caliphate into a smaller and narrower area.

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