On Saturday, the Syrian Army Army (SAA) captured the villages of Al-Hardan, Salim al-Hamad, al-Atashana, Muqla Saghira, Muqla Kabira and Al-Daa’ma in the southeastern Raqqa countryside after intense clashes with ISIS fighters, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Furthermore, Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 40 airstrikes on ISIS positions in Maadan town in the last 24 hours according to local sources. Sources from the opposition also claimed that US-led coalition warplanes targeted ISIS in Al-Jaber village west of Maadan with 15 airstrikes.
On the other side, ISIS fighters attacked SAA positions at the Deir Ezzor airport, where ISIS was trying to increase pressure on SAA troops besieged in Deir Ezzor before the SAA lifts the siege of the city.
In eastern Ithryia, an ISIS VBIED targeted a gathering of SAA soldiers in Marina village. ISIS claimed that 18 Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack, and a tank was destroyed.
Hundreds of youths from Deir Ezzor have fled the ISIS obligatory recruitment to the Syrian Democratic Forces-held areas and to Idlib province, according to local sources. It’s believed that the final battle with ISIS will take place in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, specifically between Al-Mayadeen and Al Bukamal cities, the last major ISIS strongholds in Syria.