Activists: IS Regains Control of Syrian Town Near Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) -
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Destroyed houses following a U.S.-led coalition strike in the eastern Syrian town of Boukamal, on the Iraqi border in April. (Aamaq News Agency via AP, File)

Syrian opposition activists say terrorists of the Islamic State group have regained control of a town near the border with Iraq that the government said it captured last week.

Boukamal, the last major IS stronghold in Syria, was taken by government soldiers and their allies on Thursday. IS terrorists withdrew from the town and launched a counteroffensive over the past two days.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Omar Abu Laila, a Europe-based opposition activist originally from Syria’s eastern province, said Saturday that IS terrorists are now once again in full control of the town.

There was no government comment.

Syrian state media on Friday aired live footage from inside the town after activists said IS terrorists retook parts of Boukamal.