Syrian government forces, mainly units of Liwa al-Quds, the National Defense Forces and the Syrian Arab Army, have launched a security operation in the area south of al-Mayadin in the province of Deir Ezzor, according to pro-government sources.
This effort is aimed at craking down ISIS cells operating in this desert area. The operation comes amid the increasing ISIS activity in eastern Syria. ISIS units have conducted a series of attacks on government positions near the T2 pumping station, al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal. These attack pose a serious security threat to government forces as their elite units are now focused on fighting militants in Eastern Ghouta.