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Syria, Iraq: The Race to the Border Enters Its Final Stretch

MIN READNov 3, 2017 | 18:58 GMT

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The forces aligned against the Islamic State are fast closing in on the Iraq-Syria border, seizing control of critical territory held by the Islamic State as they go. With the successful capture of Deir el-Zour, Syrian forces loyal to the government in Damascus have removed the Islamic State from its last significant urban stronghold. Elsewhere in the province, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have continued driving the Islamic State back from a number of villages and oil and natural gas fields. On the Iraq side of the border, the Iraqi Army, supported by Iran-backed Shiite militias, has cleared large areas of Anbar province from Islamic State control, reaching the Syrian border on the Damascus-Baghdad highway....

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