On June 9, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled an ISIS attack on the strategic city of al-Bukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the pro-government blog al-Masdar news.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that ISIS fighters withdrew from most of the positions they had captured north of al-Bukamal and said that the SAA had killed more than 16 fighters of the terrorist group. The pro-opposition monitoring group also claimed that 30 soldiers and officers of the SAA, Hezbollah and Iranian forces were killed around the city in the last 48 hours.
ISIS launched its attack on al-Bukamal from its positions on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, according to SouthFront’s source in the SAA. The terrorist group positions on the eastern bank are supposedly besieged and monitored by the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
This is the second attack of ISIS on al-Bukamal this month. Some experts say that the terrorist group is receiving at least indirect support from the US-led coalition.