Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

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On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah captured most of the city of al-Bukamal, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The media outlet added that the SAA and its allies are now conducting a security operation inside the city to secure few remaining areas.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq didn’t publish any news from al-Bukamal city on Saturday. This could mean that the entire city was under the control of the SAA and Hezbollah.

The rapid advance of the SAA suggests that ISIS members had been able to withdrew from al-Bukamal, likely through the Euphrates River. ISIS fighters likely move towards the Nineveh Desert west of Mosul city, inside Iraq.

Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

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Al-Bukamal was the last stronghold of ISIS inside Syria. It’s one of the most strategic positions on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Now ISIS controls only few villages along the western bank of the Euphrates, north of al-Bukamal and an empty desert area in the eastern Homs countryside.

UPDATE: The videos released online allow to confirm that the SAA and its allies have reached the roundabout, the watertower and electricity station.

Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

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Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

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Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

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  • Gary Wells

    Congratulations to the SAA on another great victory.

  • FlorianGeyer

    I wonder if the SAA will again cross the Euphrates to further consolidate the border zone with Iraq ?

    • Rafik Chauhan

      I don’t think so bcuz they have to clear first all of dier zor desert area. then move on to hama/idlib or Damascus to get rid of those HTS and Fhalaq Rahman terriorsst. eastern will be deal bySDF thugs . then later SAA will deal with SDF thugs.

      • Icarus Tanović

        That can wait.

    • Barba_Papa

      Considering that a part of Al Bukamal seems to be across the river it might be prudent to cross the river to capture those parts as well. Just like they did in Deir Ezzor. The fact that it creates additional buffer between them and the SDF is extra bonus.

      If its possible is another issue. It would require bridging equipment that the southern advance axis doesn’t seem to have. Unless the same Iraqi PMU that attacked from Iraq can use the Iraqi bridgeheads across the Euphrates that the Iraqi army has taken.

      • Deo Cass

        There are two bridges crossing the river at al-Bukamal. I don’t think both are destroyed.

      • Icarus Tanović

        Thwy can build largw ponton bridges in the matter of the day.

    • gustavo

      If SAA does not do this, there is a big probability that lost again Al Bukamal.

  • Richard Noel Hedditch

    Go SAA ! And Hezbollah are incredible. Hezbollah is the alpha and omega. [ And I nearly missed this since another Southfront post came in soon after. ].

  • andy l

    Lets hope they can keep hold of it this time!

  • Hezbollah_Iran

    Well Congrats for 3rd time tho. Maybe 3rd time is a charm.

  • Garga

    Hezbollah’s reporter and photojournalist Muhammad Yahya (Mo’men) was killed in BuKamal.
    Many of Hezbollah’s field reports (E’lam al-Harbi) in Syria was his work. He was 23 years old, married and had a child.
    Rest in peace hero.

  • Hrky75

    Watching the second part of Lord of Syria trilogy coming to an end, I can’t help but being scared for the well being of the good guys in the next episode. But as in the original, the showdown with Zioron is quite inevitable. Welcome to the last sequel of Syria’s fight against The Great Evil. Let’s hope the author sticks to the original template – although Good doesn’t always win outside fantasy novels…

    • Charlie

      Haha. So that would make ISIS Isengard and the FSA Mordor?
      I guess Russia and Hezbollah would be Rohan?

  • Deo Cass

    The Syrian government forces now need to cross the Euphrates river and create a security cordon all round the city on both banks of the Euphrates river to prevent another counter attack from ISIS from that area.

    • gustavo

      Yes, they need to cross the river, but….are they willing to do it ? are they allowed to do it ?

  • Deo Cass

    Nice battle footage. Great advance by the fearless Hezbollah and the Syrian government forces.

  • Deo Cass

    Hi guys, I came up this footage of Alligator KA52 gun ships making a feast of ISIS at Al-Bukamal. Enjoy!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0T0Q9zWKl4