Syrian troops break into last IS-held town

NATION-NOW     Coalition airstrikes decline by more than 50% as ISIS crumbles in Iraq Syria     
       Coalition airstrikes decline by more than 50

However, Iraqi fighter jets have repeatedly launched air raids on Daesh strongholds on both sides of the Syrian border.

Pro-government media say Syrian troops and allied fighters have completely encircled the last Islamic State-held town. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, disputed this account, saying some fighting continued across the town. Sana news agency said Syrian and Iraqi forces had met on the border and the town had been surrounded.

In Syria, the end of major operations against Islamic State may only prefigure a new phase of the war, as the rival forces which have seized territory from the jihadists square off.

In recent weeks, an estimated 120,000 people have been displaced from Albu Kamal alone, said Linda Tom from the United Nations' humanitarian affairs coordination office in Damascus.

Croft revealed that aircraft has yet to be moved out of Iraq and Syria.

The Examiner reported that between 1,800 and 2,600 bombs were dropped on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria every month from January-September. In the years since, however, local and worldwide forces have reduced ISIS territory in both countries to a fraction of its former self.

Abadi visited Qaim and the nearby Husaybah border crossing in Western Iraq on Sunday, al-Iraqiya TV said, raising the Iraqi flag. The bombing is the first since Iraqi federal security forces took over the city from Kurdish region-run troops last month in the wake of a controversial independence vote. Both the Syrian and Iraqi militaries, along with their allied militias and respective global sponsors, have largely defeated ISIS, but parts of Syria remain under rebel and Kurdish control.

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