On December 1, ISIS fighters attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the village of Hamadan located west of the city of al-Bukamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
The media outlet said that two soldiers of the SAA were killed by ISIS snipers in Hamadan during the attack.
Amaq added that ISIS fighters targeted several positions of the SAA in Hamadan with Malyutka anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). ISIS also shelled the SAA positions in the western part of al-Bukamal with mortars, according to the source.
Syrian opposition sources claimed that ISIS fighters attacked the SAA in the T-2 station 70km west of al-Bukamal. However, these claims were not confirmed.
Meanwhile, pro-government sources said that that the SAA, Hezbollah, Iranian-backed forces and some units of the Tiger Forces are preparing to launch the final phase of their attack to retake the remaining ISIS-held part of the western bank of the Euphrates. The upcoming attack of the SAA will be critical for the victory over ISIS. A large number of ISIS fighters and leaders will be besieged in the Homs desert if the attack succeeded.