On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces captured the village of Kashmah located between the cities Mayadin and al-Bukamal in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside according to Syrian pro-government sources. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed by official sources.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq published photos showing clashes in Kashmah.
Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters attacked positions of the SAA north of al-Bukamal on November 19. ISIS fighters shelled several positions of the SAA north of al-Bukamal with a 130mm M-46 towed gun, according to Amaq.
Meanwhile, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria reported that over 150 ISIS fighters escaped from al-Bukamal city through the Euphrates River. According to the source, some of those fighters surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after reaching the eastern bank of the river.
The Hezbllah media wing also released a video of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General, Qasem Soleimani, inside al-Bukamal after its liberation.
The Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV had claimed earlier that Gen. Soleimani was the main commander of the al-Bukamal operation.
In the upcoming days, the remaining ISIS fighters will be besieged by the SAA and its allies in three main pockets: between al-Bukamal and Salhiyah village, between Mayadin and Salhiyah, and in the Homs desert.
ISIS fighters in the two pockets between Mayadin and al-Bukamal will likely flee towards the eastern bank of the Euphrates. ISIS fighters in the Homs desert will be eliminated by the SAA and its allies.