On February 18, the media department of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced that the SAA had discovered a network of ISIS tunnels in the neighborhood Tishreen of Sabikhan town in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. According to the SAA, the tunnels included several hideouts and small ammo depots.
The SAA uncovered a similar tunnels network of ISIS in the city of al-Mayadin, 20km north of Sabikhan, on February 15. One of the network’s tunnels was 500 meters long, according to the SAA’s media department.
The western bank of the Euphrates River was fully captured by the SAA on December 17, 2017. Since then, the SAA and the local National Defense Forces (NDF) had conducted a series of security operations to discover and destroy any hideouts, tunnels or ammo depots ISIS may had left behind for its cells.
On February 13, the SAA showcased some of the weapons it had found during its security operations in Deir Ezzor. The weapons included anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Air to Air missile and even Israel-made mines and ammunition.
The SAA’s security efforts have been successful as ISIS cells have not been able to conduct any notable attacks on the western bank of the Euphrates River so far.