Global News

Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal 'captured'

Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal 'captured'

Coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq fell sharply last month, a reflection of the collapse of the Daesh terror group, a US Air Force general said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, reported that Iraqi militias had crossed into Syria to join the assault, but they denied it.

The Syrian army, alongside its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, and other Shiite militias, and backed by Iran and Russian Federation, have seized swaths of central and eastern Syria in an advance against Islamic State this year.

Syrian troops, fighting alongside various pro-government and Iran-backed militias, have claimed a series of major victories in a rapidly closing pocket that comprises ISIS's final stretch of territory in the Middle East.

Boukamal is the last town controlled by IS in Syria and Iraq.

Celtics Storm Back For Road Win Over Thunder
Boston found ways, whether on the secondary break or with Irving's slithering to change the theme come quarters three and four. I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit. "So Coach puts the trust in me and Al to go down the stretch".


Syrian state media have not yet confirmed the capture of Albu Kamal.

As ISIS is destroyed in Iraq, Croft said Iraqi security forces will not cross the border into Syria to pursue them. "The CAOC [Combined Air Operation Center in Qatar] essentially controls our air forces in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas, can easily flex our air power day by day to areas as required, and Afghanistan is an example of that". Scattered villages near al-Qaim, close to Albu Kamal, are still under militant control in an area called Rummana.

- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised on Sunday the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group, state TV announced.


  • Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

    Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

    The 31-year-old, from Hailey, Idaho, was brought home by Mr Obama in 2014 in a swap for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Although he did not receive any further jail time, he has been dishonourably discharged from the military.
    'Don't ask me about Kane!' - Mourinho

    'Don't ask me about Kane!' - Mourinho

    Pochettino accuses Mourinho of trying to unsettle the England worldwide in his new book, but the United manager stated that Matic was always his number-one target.
    Crowd in Barcelona erupts in cheering as Catalan parliament declares independence

    Crowd in Barcelona erupts in cheering as Catalan parliament declares independence

    The crisis has now reached a new and possibly unsafe level as independence supporters have called for a campaign of disobedience. According to the Spanish authorities, this measure stems from the Catalan government's refusal to obey by its legal liabilities.
  • Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) Under Analyst Spotlight

    Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) Under Analyst Spotlight

    The Estee Lauder Companies Inc , is a manufacturer and marketer of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Timber Hill Llc increased Ulta Beauty Inc (Put) stake by 4,700 shares to 20,500 valued at $5.89 million in 2017Q2.
    How much trouble is Tony Podesta in?

    How much trouble is Tony Podesta in?

    Beyond being mentioned in the Manafort indictment , it's not clear how large a role the Podesta Group - or Tony Podesta himself - will play in Mueller's investigation going forward.
    Jubilation as oil price heads higher

    Jubilation as oil price heads higher

    The worldwide benchmark rose as high as $60.53 before 1930 GMT, gaining 2 percent after closing at $59.30 Thursday. That sent WTI's discount to global marker Brent to the widest in a month.
  • Kevin Spacey accused in incident involving former Boston TV anchor relative

    Kevin Spacey accused in incident involving former Boston TV anchor relative

    She said the fall-out from the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal had emboldened her to speak up against Spacey. Spacey apologized in an October 29 tweet - his last - but also said he had no memory of the alleged encounter.
    US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

    US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

    McConnell told reporters in Kentucky "it's potentially a challenge" any time a Republican senator is absent from the Senate. He also had cuts to his nose and mouth and trouble breathing because of his rib injuries, according to NBC News.
    Ohio State, Notre Dame enter top four

    Ohio State, Notre Dame enter top four

    Instead, this week let's focus on what we are likely to see following Tuesday's first edition of the college football playoff . For the second consecutive season I'll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season.
  • Newsflash: Bitcoin Price Peaks at New Record High Near $7450

    Newsflash: Bitcoin Price Peaks at New Record High Near $7450

    Bitcoin is surging on Thursday morning, shooting past $7,000 per coin on Thursday morning for the first time ever. According to commentators, the product could bring more institutional investors into the market.
    Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line Officially Launched

    Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line Officially Launched

    Later today, Kvirikashvili will attend the official opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway. Azerbaijan and Armenia are in an unresolved conflict over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
    Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

    Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

    Video posted on twitter showed most of the team kneeling on the sideline and linking arms. Several of the players who chose to stand put a hand on a teammate's shoulder.