On December 16, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Liwa al-Quds and Iranian-backed forces launched a counter attack against ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates River and recaptured the town of al-Ramadi north of the city of al-Bukamal, according to a report of the Syrian pro-government blog al-Masdar News.
ISIS launched a wide scale attack on the SAA positions along the western bank of the Euphrates river on December 12. During its attack, ISIS recaptured the villages of al-Jalaa, Saiyal, Salihiyah, Mujawdah, Abbas, al-Harsa and Kashma between the cities of Mayadin and al-Bukamal from the SAA.
A key commander of Liwa al-Quds named “Murad Fakhri Biqul” was killed by ISIS fighters during the SAA counter-attack, according to Syrian pro-government sources. The sources said that several other fighters of Liwa al-Quds were killed or injured during the clashes with ISIS.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq didn’t report any news from the western bank of the Euphrates river in the last 48 hours. This confirms that ISIS is suffering from major setbacks on the western bank of the Euphrates.