DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – ISIS has not given up hopes of turning the tides in eastern Syria, signified by stubborn reluctance to withdraw from a narrow salient stretching from the eastern fringes of Homs through to the Euphrates River in southern Deir Ezzor.

On Monday, Islamic State combattants based in the desert west of Abu Kamal fired an anti-tank missile towards a group of Syrian soldiers that could be seen ducking for cover in the horizon, possibly killing some of them:

In the same day, two ISIS suicide bombings struck SAA positions further north on the outskirts of Salhiyah town amid attempts by the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces to liberate the last ISIS-held villages and towns on the Euphrates River.

Given the current rate of advance, the SAA’s Big Dawn offensive is expected to reach its conclusion in approximately a month, culminating in the complete capture of the Islamic State heartland.

A map of the current frontline in the region can be found here.

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