The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah are now in only 40km west of the last ISIS stronghold in Syria, al-Bukamal city, according to a report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on October 27.
Al-Bukamal is located near the Syrian-Iraqi border, on a key highway between Deir Ezzor and Baghdad.
Moreover, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria reported that ISIS begin to fortify its position inside and around al-Bukamal city due to the rapid advance of the SAA and its allies. ISIS fighters blocked all roads to the al-Bukamal and planted IEDs at the city’s entrances.
Meanwhile, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq announced that ISIS fighters attacked the new positions of the SAA around the T-2 station west of al-Bukamal city. Amaq said that ISIS fighters destroyed a 57mm gun, a 14.5mm gun and two tanks of the SAA with ATGMs during the attack. Syrian pro-government sources said that the SAA and its allies repelled ISIS attack.
Thanks to the Iraqi Army advance along the Syrian-Iraqi order, the SAA and its allies might reach al-Bukamal city within days. However, it will for sure take more than days to capture the ISIS stronghold, especially because ISIS might has redeployed most of its fighters to it.