Syria’s army declared victory over Daesh (IS) on Thursday following the capture of Albu Kamal, the last remaining urban stronghold under so-called Islamic State control.
Fighting continues outside the east Syrian town located near the Iraqi border as the Free Syrian Army tracks down Daesh militants in the desert.
Daesh militants declared a caliphate in 2014 after bringing larges swathes of northern Syrian and Iraqi territory under their hardline control.
Daesh lost its major stronghold in Iraq after government forces liberated Mosul of their control last summer.
In Syria, the militants lost their de facto capital of Raqqa to the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
More details to follow. Image of Syrian Free Army fighter in Aleppo in November 2016 from Wikimedia.