BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – Reports are coming in that pro-government forces led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have isolated a key stronghold of ISIS in southern Deir Ezzor Governorate.

According to a number of pro-government sources, the SAA has advanced from its positions in far southeastern Homs Governorate, striking at parallel-running ISIS defenses in southwestern Deir Ezzor Governorate, and isolated jihadist fighters at the town of Hamimah.

The SAA and its allies are said to have managed this by launching an attack towards the town of al-Duwaykhalah and cutting the road that runs from Hamimah to the T-2 Airbase

Some sources say that ISIS militants are currently retreating east towards the Euphrates River, however it is hard to believe that the terrorist group will not attempt to first launch several large counterattacks before ceding Hamimah to pro-government forces.

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