BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies resumed their offensive in the southwestern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this weekend, liberating new areas in a bid to reach the border-city of Albukamal.

Backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, the Syrian Arab Army scored a big advance towards the Iraqi border, today, after making another big push along the Deir Ezzor-Albukamal Highway.

According to a military source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army is now within a few dozen kilometers of the Iraqi border and Albukamal, marking the government’s closest approach to the city since withdrawing in July 2012.

The Syrian Army’s advance was captured by Hezbollah’s official media wing on Saturday; this video shows the ongoing operation along the Deir Ezzor-Albukamal Highway.

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