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Attack! Counter-attack! Counter-counter-attack!
From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter.
That border crossing between Iraq and Syria contested territory. It now appears that combination of Syrian/Hezbollah/Iranian/Russian military force has emerged triumphant.
1. "Iran’s Gen. Soleimani takes personal command of Abu Kamal battle. His deputy killed"
"The Revolutionary Guards Al Qods chief Gen Qassem Soleimani, supreme commander of Iranian war fronts in Syria and Iraq, was seen on Sunday morning, Nov. 19, at the scene of the Abu Kamal battle, the key southeastern town near the border with Iraq (in Deir ez-Zour province). He set up a forward command there after Syrian and Hizballah forces had failed to recapture the town from an Islamic State counteroffensive . . . Soleimani's deputy Khairallah Samadi was killed in battle. Our sources learn that the Iranian general [Soleimani] brought in four battalions of the Iraqi Shiite militia . . . They were supported by six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers which on Nov. 16 flew in from their Russian bases through Iran and Iraq to bomb ISIS targets."
2. "Iran's president congratulates Revolutionary Guards for 'victory over ISIS'"
"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday declared 'victory' over the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. He congratulated Iran's Revolutionary Guards and its foreign arm the Qods Force for a 'great victory'"
"Iranian media on Sunday and Monday showed footage of Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, reporting he personally directed operations that recaptured the jihadists' final urban bastion over the weekend."
LAND-BRIDGE BETWEEN IRAN AND SYRIA NOW SECURE FOR GOOD?