Iraq begins fight for final IS-held town, Rawa

Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Rawa town, last IS stronghold in country

A media outlet linked to the Syrian military says the Islamic State group's leader may be holed up in an IS pocket in the eastern town of Boukamal, which government forces and their allies recaptured this week.

Abu Kamal is the main border crossing into Iraq, where it links with al-Qaim, another town which recently fell to Iraqi forces from ISIS. "Military units and people's militia launched a large-scale operation to liberate the district of Rumana and the city of Rawa", an Iraqi military commander said in a statement on Saturday, as cited by RIA Novosti.

"Troops are continuing their advance", Yarallah said.

The defeat of militants in Rawa would mark the end of ISIS' era of territorial rule over the so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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Last week, Iraqi forces recaptured the larger town of al-Qaim, in what Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called "record time", leaving just a few small pockets of land in Islamic State's hands.

Boukamal, ISIS's last major stronghold in Syria, was taken on Thursday after ISIS militants withdrew from it. Abdurrahman said ISIS launched a counteroffensive on Boukamal capturing more than 40 per cent of the town, mostly its northern neighbourhoods.

But Daesh fighters pushed back in from the desert to the north where they still control a strip of territory between areas held by government troops and by US-backed Kurdish-led forces.

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