Last Islamic State town in Syria falls

ISIS airstrikes down 60 to 70 percent as caliphate crumbles in Iraq and Syria

The Syrian army, alongside Hezbollah and other Shi'ite militias, and backed by Iran and Russian Federation, have seized swathes of central and eastern Syria in the advance against Islamic State this year.

"The last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal, is free of the Daesh organisation", said the commander in the military alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

It said the fighting would pave the way for Syrian troops to regain full control of the border town, just hours after they and pro-regime fighters surrounded IS fighters there.

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Croft cautioned that US operations against the terrorist group will continue for some time as ISIS morphs into an insurgent like force that is likely to try to exploit desert areas in Iraq and Syria.

"The advance towards Albu Kamal came after army troops and their allies met up with Iraqi forces at the border between the two countries", SANA said.

Baghdadi took control of what was then known as the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010 after the death of its former leader.

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Croft revealed that aircraft has yet to be moved out of Iraq and Syria. Baghdadi was long rumored dead but apparently appeared in a recent voice recording released in late September.

The footage shows what is described as Islamic State fighters boarding vehicles and driving towards the last IS-held city in Iraq, Rawa, which is located around 50 miles west of al-Qaim. 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. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday that his country's "next war would be against the corrupt", according to the National Iraqi News Agency. News showed ISIS fighters attempting to flee al-Qaim city.

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