A US -backed coalition has supported a rival campaign in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that have pushed Islamic State from much of the country's north and east. Earlier, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, said Islamic State controlled "more than 70 percent of Syrian territory" before Russian Air Forces started its operation in the Middle Eastern country.
"The offensive to free al-Rumana, north of Qaim, was launched on Wednesday with participation of security troops and tribes", Qutri al-Obeidi, a senior leader with Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) in al-Baghdadi region in Anbar, told Al Sumaria News.
The Islamic State, also called ISIS, has been pushed out of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and more recently Raqqa, the terrorist group's de facto capital in Syria.
"They only now control about 4 or 5 percent of the original area they covered, so the number of targets has dropped dramatically in the last month".
Syrian government forces have captured the town of Abu Kamal located in the Euphrates valley on the border with Iraq, according to an RT Arabic correspondent and local TV. Baghdadi was long rumored dead but apparently appeared in a recent voice recording released in late September.
A map shows areas of control in Syria between August 30, 2017 and October 30, 2017.