On Tuesday morning, the U.S. military began a new operation to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) from the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Using the “New Syrian Army” (NSA) and Iraqi Federal Police, the U.S. hopes to expel the Islamic State terrorists from the Syrian cily of Abukamal and Iraqi town of Al-Qa’im.
According to the New Syrian Army’s social media wing, their forces launched an attack from their positions at the Al-Tanf border-crossing in southeast Homs.
The majority of territory between Al-Tanf and Abukamal is desert terrain; so, the New Syrian Army will heavily rely on U.S. airstrikes to help propel them against the Islamic State defenses.
Meanwhile, across the border, their counterparts from the Iraqi Federal Police are mobilizing their forces from the recently liberated city of Fallujah to begin the Al-Qa’im campaign.
If this U.S. military campaign is successful, ISIS will lose its most important border-crossing that links Iraq and Syria.