On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured Rasm al-Abd village south of Uqayribat town in the eastern Hama countryside, according to pro-government sources. The source added that the SAA also captured Huraysha, Wadi al-Azem and al-Mua’adamiah villages southeast of Uqayribat town.
Earlier reports appeared that the SAA captured Uqayribat town. The 5th Assault Corps’s ISIS Hunters released a photo near Uqayribat “Public Services Committee”. This confirms that the SAA and its allies were inside Uqayribat town even if they were not under their full control.
Meanwhile, pro-government sources claimed that the SAA captured Bishri oil field and the pitch factory near the Bishri mount in the province of Deir Ezzor. Some sources argied that the SAA was in only 35km from Deir Ezzor city. However, these claims are likely false.
The SAA media department released a video of the SAA and its allies reaching the administrative border of Deir Ezzor province. Russian Special Operations Forces service members could be noted on the video. They were destroying ISIS vehicles with a Kornet-EM Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).
Kornet-EM is the latest version of the Kornet ATGM. It has a range of 8km against moving armored vehicles or tanks, and a range of 10km against static targets. The SAA was also supported by Russian attack helicopters, mainly Mi-28N and Mig-35.