The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Iraqi Army with their allies are simultaneously advancing on the ISIS border strongholds of al-Bukamal and al-Qaim.
On October 26, the Iraqi military announced a start of the large-scale advance on al-Qaim. Iraqi troops already engaged ISIS terrorists in the outskirts of Rawah and captured the H2 Air Base south of al-Qaim. On the same day, the SAA retook the T2 Pumping Station area from ISIS south of al-Bukamal in a final push after a few days of clashes.
In the coming days, Iraqi and Syrian forces will likely further isolate ISIS units and reach the ISIS-held cities in the border area. Pro-government sources expect that the joint effort may lead to a relatively fast progress against the terrorist group in the area.
The control over Baghdad-Deir Ezzor highway will also allow to establish a stable supply line between Syrian and Iraq.