BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitaries have endured yet another bloody day in southern Deir Ezzor province after ISIS forces launched a series of brutal car bomb attacks against their positions and gatherings today.

Over the last 24 hours, the Islamic State terror group, struggling to maintain the last twenty kilometers of territory it holds along the western Euphrates shore, has launched at least two car bomb attacks against Syrian pro-government forces.

At the present time it is unclear if ISIS managed to achieve direct hits on positions of either the Syrian Army or allied militias and if so, what the casualty count for pro-government forces is.

The attacks come one day after the Syrian Army launched the last phase of its strategic operation to clear ISIS from the western bank of the Euphrates River.

The new army offensive, aimed at clearing the remaining ISIS-occupied settlements between Salhiyah and Abu Kamal, achieved spectacular results yesterday, however today’s attacks by ISIS appear to have deterred further attacks by pro-government forces until they can re-group and adjust their tactical strategy in the area.

Updates to follow.

 

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