On November 29, members of ISIS destroyed three bulldozers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) north of the T-2 station, near the Syrian-Iraq border, according to the ISIS-linked news Agency Amaq.
Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters destroyed a vehicle armed with a 23mm gun and a bulldozer of the SAA with ATGMs north of the border city of al-Bukamal. The outlet added that a battle tank of the SAA was also damaged north al-Bukamal with an ATGM.
ISIS fighters also destroyed the second SAA vehicle armed with a 23mm gun near the al-Ward oil field south of the city of Myadin, according to Amaq.
This intense usage of ATGMs by ISIS against the SAA shows that ISIS is now relaying on rapid hit and run attacks as its main tactic to stop the government advance. However, due to the limited number of ATGMs ISIS will not be able to conduct a high number of ATMG strikes for a long time.
The SAA and its allies are now only 20km away from securing the Mayadin – al-Bukamal highway and eliminating ISIS on the western bank on the Euphrates river. Once the SAA secures the western bank, ISIS will be trapped in the empty Homs desert.