On Thursday, government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, reached the al-Ba’um village 2km north of the ISIS stronghold of Mayadin city in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to pro-government sources.
It’s still unknown if the SAA is planning to storm Mayadin city right away, or if it is planning to besiege the city first. It’s also possible that the SAA might cross the Euphrates to capture the strategic al-Omar oil filed before storming Mayadin.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters repelled an attack of “the Russian Army” and SAA on its positions in Hatlah village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Amaq claimed that the advanced SAA units were targeted by a VBIED that destroyed a tank and killed several soldiers.
Meanwhile in the eastern Homs countryside, the SAA and its allies captured al-Wadihi, Salam Sharqi and Um Tweineh village east of Jubb al-Jarrah town, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Earlier the source reported that the SAA killed 20 ISIS fighters, and injured 13 others during clashes in ISIS pocket in the eastern Homs countryside.
The SAA and its allies will likely capture ISIS pocket east of Jubb al-Jarrah town in coming days, as ISIS units inside the pocket completely collapsed.