The Syrian army command confirmed Thursday that it fully regained control over the city of Abu Kemal, destroying the last Daesh stronghold.
"The Syrian army and allied forces liberated the city of Abu Kemal in Deir ez-Zor province, the last stronghold of the IS [Daesh] terrorist group in the east," the statement read.
The forces are patrolling the town to clear it of mines and explosive devices.
"Abu Kemal is the last Daesh stronghold, but we should understand that terrorists are changing their tactics and can follow a guerilla strategy. The government forces, as well as special forces, will have to do their best to eliminate terrorists in Syria," military analyst Andrei Koshkin said.
Abu Kemal has been a target of the Russian aviation for quite some time. In early November, six Russia's Tu-22 bombers and Russia's submarine Kolpino attacked Daesh positions near the town.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry's data, over 90 percent of the Syrian territory has already been liberated from terrorists with the assistance of Moscow that had launched the operation in the Arab Republic at the request of President Bashar Assad in September 2015 and is due to "be completed soon."