ISIS leader may be in eastern Syrian city of Boukamal

Remnants of ISIS driven across Euphrates

Remnants of ISIS driven across Euphrates

A media outlet linked to the Syrian military said Friday that the Islamic State group's leader may be holed up in an ISIS pocket in the eastern town of Boukamal, which government forces and their allies recaptured this week before losing parts of it later.

Boukamal, the last major IS stronghold in Syria, was taken by government soldiers and their allies on Thursday.

The group has just "months [remaining] at most as a proto-state", the senior Royal Air Force (RAF) officer overseeing British air strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria said last week.

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The recapture of the Rawa pocket would mark the final battleground defeat of Daesh in Iraq and sound the death knell of the sprawling "caliphate" the group declared in 2014 over a swathe of Iraq and Syria the size of Britain.

But Commodore Johnny Stringer told journalists in London that IS would "almost certainly morph into an insurgent organisation" that would try to launch attacks in the two countries.

The Syrian army had declared victory in the battle for Albu Kamal but IS fighters pushed back in from the desert to the north where they still control a strip of territory between areas held by government troops and by US-backed Kurdish-led forces.

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Omar Abu Laila, a Europe-based Syrian opposition activist said IS fighters are now once again in control of the town that lies on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq.

Al-Baghdadi has only appeared in public once in 2014 in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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