ISIS defeated in Al-Bab, Syria

ISIS defeated in Al-Bab, Syria

BEIRUT: (APP) Turkish-backed Syrian rebels announced on Thursday they had taken full control of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the militants after weeks of heavy fighting.

The town of Al-Bab, just 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Turkish border, was the last IS stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

"We are announcing Al-Bab completely liberated, and we are now clearing mines from the residential neighbourhoods," said Ahmad Othman, a rebel commander.

"After hours of fighting, we chased out the last remaining IS rank and file that were collapsing after the fierce shelling of their positions," he added.