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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:10 P.M.) – Islamic State commanders have thrown all available forces into the defense of Albukamal (Abu Kamal) in anticipation of a looming assault to be launched by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah on the besieged ISIS-held city, located in the far southern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Photos released by Amaq Agency on Thursday shows ISIS’ sides of events, depicting the defensive line at the western gates of Albukamal. On this axis, stubborn jihadist insurgents have entrenched themselves with anti-aircraft guns, anti-tank weaponry, mortar pieces, heavy machine-guns, along various types of vehicles. The images also showed SAA movements being monitored and attacked from afar:

After retreating from the neighboring city of Al-Qaim on the Iraqi side of the border earlier this month, ISIS elements in Syria have been heavily reinforced, allowing them to establish a last stand at Albukamal, the last major city which remains under the self-declared caliphate’s control.

Although SAA and Hezbollah contingents still outnumber ISIS, it is expected that Russian and Syrian warplanes will increase their sorties over Albukamal in the coming days to demoralize the jihadist garrison.

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I’d have thought this “massive ISIS force” would be an ideal target for a few Kalibrs.

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Why waste calibers. Just an armed Iranian drone will take them out in one go, not to mention an Alligator gun ship!

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Let us hope I.F. anti-personnel munitions can safely clear the field and render ISIS large munitions useless.

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Just keep dropping tons & tons of NITROUS oxide laughing gas on these guys every day.

They will laugh themselves to death as they haven’t had such a good laugh in the last 4 years after establishing their Caliphate.

Daesh seem to love to fight against SAA and not much engagement with US forces anywhere or with the SDF which itself shows how good friends they all are.

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Ah! So the storming of the city by the SAA has not started yet as was reported earlier? What a big fail! And ISIS turned SDF are just 10km away. Give me break! Tomorrow we will read that SDF took over al-Bukamal. It’s all behind the scenes arrangements between Russia and the US. There will be no Syrian or Russian airstrikes. And by the way, if these dozen rag tag terrorists is all the massive force ISIS has deployed there, then my family is a much larger force.