AMMAN, Nov 4 (KUNA) -- Militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have driven the Iraqi paramilitary forces, "Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi," out of countryside of the border town Al-Boukamal, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
Fierce fighting raged by Al-Hashd irregulars and the militants on eastern countryside of the border town, with the foes trading shells and rockets. In a counter attack, the IS (Daesh) gunmen pushed Al-Hashd forces out of the rural regions after infiltrating into the areas.
Al-Hashd fighters were forced to withdraw to the Iraqi-Syrian borders, the observatory said.
Meanwhile, Syrian regime forces, backed by gunmen of various nationalities, engaged in fierce fighting with the IS gunmen in the countryside of Albou-Kamal.
Alboukamal is believed to be the last main stronghold for the militants after their defeat in Deir Ezzor. (end)