On December 2, ISIS fighters captured positions of the SAA west of the village of Dawer in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. ISIS fighters reportedly killed several SAA soldiers during their attack.
Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters destroyed a 23mm gun, and damaged a battle tank of the SAA around the al-Ward oil field located between the cities of al-Bukamal and Mayadin.
ISIS shelled the positions of the SAA in the village of Hamadan west of al-Bukamal with mortars. Amaq also released photos of ISIS fighters shelling a Russian Su-25 warplane over the village of al-Ashayir north of al-Bukamal.
Syrian-pro government sources released a video showing operations of the SAA and the Tiger Forces south of Mayadin in the last few days.
The SAA and its allies are supposed to launch the final phase of their advance to secure the enntire western bank of the Euphrates river in the upcoming day, according to pro-government sources. However, due to the strong resistance of ISIS, the final phase might be delayed in order to contain ISIS attacks.