On June 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies launched a new limited military operation against ISIS cells west of the city of al-Bukamal in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the SAA secured 1,800km2 between western al-Bukamal and “point 400” on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Furthermore, the SANA reported that the SAA killed several fighters of ISIS and destroyed many vehicles and weapons of the terrorist group during the operation.
On June 19, ISIS cells shelled several positions of the SAA west of al-Bukamal. A day later, the SAA advanced in the southern and southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside securing 1,200km2 between the areas of Faydat ibn Muiny’a, the T-2 station, M’aizliyah and Dahrat Wadi al-Miyah.
These operations are aimed at deterring ISIS, which is planning to launch a new large scale attack on al-Bukamal, according to a report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The SAA and its allies will likely launch a larger military operation before the end of this year to eliminate the renaming fighters of the terrorist group in the Homs desert.