Government forces are steadly advancing east of the al-Busairi crossroads in the southeastern Syrian desert. The goal of this advance is to expand a buffer zone south of Palmyra and to set a foothold for possible push towards the border with Iraq.
In turn, the US-led coalition has set up the second military facility at the Syrian-Iraqi border. The coalition set up the facility near Al-Zquf in order to train “moderate opposition” for a “battle against ISIS”. Another military facility of the US-led coalition is located Al-Tanf.