This map provides a general look at the military situation in the area of al-Bukamal and al-Qaim at the Syrian-Iraqi border. On November 3, Iraqi forces liberated the strategic city of al-Qaim from ISIS at the border with Syria. On the same day, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the city of Deir Ezzor and started redeploying forces for an advance on the ISIS-held city of al-Bukamal.
Both al-Qaim and al-Bukamal are located on the strategic Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway. When Syrian government forces liberate al-Bukamal, they will establish a major supply line to the allied Iraqi forces. This supply line will become a part of wider ground supply network that already links Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.