On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG) and their allies continued developing momentum against ISIS on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
According to pro-government sources, government forces took full control over the villages of Marat and Mazlum after repelling an ISIS counter-attack there. Following this, government troops, led by units of the 4th Armoured Division, advanced in the direction of Khsham located on the road to al-Mayadin.
A media wing of the SAA 5th Assault Corps’ ISIS Hunters released a video showing the crossing of the Euphrates on September 18 morning. According to the media outlet, government forces liberated Marrat, Sbahah and Mazlum and killed about 40 ISIS members.
Government forces have also advanced against ISIS in the direction of al-Mayadin on the western bank of the Euphrates. According to pro-government sources, the SAA and its allies engaged ISIS in al-Jubaliah village on the road to al-Mayadin. However, the village has not been liberated yet. The fighting is ongoing.
Meanwhile, pro-Kurdish sources have claimed that the SDF is “rapidly” approaching the bank of the Euphrates from the eastern direction. However, SDF units have not been able to reach the bank yet because Russian and Syrian forces allegedly bombed the SDF north of Deir Ezzor. (MORE DETAILS HERE)
According to pro-SDF sources, the SDF is now in about 2 km from the eastern bank. This confirms that the SDF has not taken control over al-Hussainiyah vilalge yet.