BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:02 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army has delivered a powerful blow to ISIS militants operating along the western shore of the Euphrates River as it kicked-off the final phase of its ongoing strategic operation to link up with pro-government forces at Abu Kamal via the town of Salhiyah.

According to military-affiliated sources, the Syrian Army led by the elite Tiger Forces scored a major and shift advance in southern Deir Ezzor province today, liberating from ISIS a score of towns including Al-Jadleh, Qusur Um Saba, Safsafeh, Ajrama, Salhiyah, Wadi al-Worod, Maan Al-Sabkha and Al-Shamr Al-Layeh.

Furthermore, the elite Syrian Army formation also captured a string of key hilltops which overlook the Euphrates valley region as well as a handful of oil fields, namely the northern and southern sites of the greater al-Ward complex.

It is interesting to note that some of the aforementioned liberated towns are located on the eastern shore of the Euphrates in the Shaitat tribal region, possibly indicating that the Tiger Forces crossed the river at some point during their advance.

Despite this, Al-Masdar News is unable to confirm at this time whether or not the Syrian Arab Army has in fact once against crossed to the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.

Updates to follow.

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