On June 28, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled an attack of ISIS on its positions around “point 400” on the Syrian-Iraqi border southwest of the city of al-Bukamal, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
In an official statement, the SAA General Command said that SAA soldiers killed many fighters of ISIS and destroyed a pickup armed with a machinegun while repelling the attack. The SAA also captured several weapons and a mini UAV from the terrorist group.
A day earlier, the SAA announced that its units backed by the Syrian Arab Air Force had cleared the Deir Ezzor desert – over 5,200km2 – from ISIS. However, it appears that ISIS cells are still active on the border line between Syria and Iraq.
The upcoming days will likely witness a new security operation of the SAA and its allies against the remaining cells of ISIS around al-Bukamal. However, the effectiveness of such operations will remain limited, due to the presence of ISIS in the Homs desert and on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river.