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The Syrian government on Friday declared victory over Islamic State in Deir al-Zor, a big blow to the jihadists as their last stronghold in Syria crumbles.

While the Syrian Army has fully recaptured Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria, from Daesh, the Iraqi military has started its final assault on the terrorists' last bastion in Iraq.

According to the Syrian Army and Syrian state television, Deir ez-Zor has been completely liberated.

With their self-proclaimed "caliphate" crumbling, the extremists have lost nearly all their urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

The Observatory and Syrian state media reported Syrian government troops had captured three new neighborhoods from the militants. It is considered an important oil-rich city. Deir el-Zour, which had been divided into a government-held and an IS-held part for almost three years, is the largest city in eastern Syria and the capital of the oil-rich province of the same name.

The extremist group has lost more than 96 percent of the territory it once held across both countries in 2014 and 2015, the height of the caliphate.

The full liberation of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor is an important step made by the Syrian Arab Army towards fully eliminating of ISIL from all the Syrian territory and foiling all the attempts of the US-led worldwide coalition that are aimed at prolonging the existence of the terrorist organization to implement its anti -Syrian agenda.