The army soldiers drove ISIL out of the towns and villages of Zahr al-Nasrani, Sheikh Ali, Wadi al-Khour, Fezeh Ahmad al-Hayfan, Wadi Faliteh and Wadi al-Seil, advancing 40 km along al-Mayadeen-Albu Kamal road in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
The army men also pushed ISIL back from the regions of Araz Talhat Malham, Wadi al-Abyaz, Wadi Oweina, Wadi al-Ward, Tal Malham and Sha’ab Kha’an en route to Albu Kamal.
A military source reported that the army men are just 25 km away from areas where their comrades are stationed in the village of al-Ashayer North of Albu Kamal.
Relevant reports said on Tuesday that the army troops were about to lay a full siege on the ISIL terrorists in Eastern Deir Ezzur after imposing control over the town of Albu Kamal, the last main bastion of the terrorists in Eastern Syria.
A military source said that the ISIL was only in control of two regions on the Western and Eastern banks of the Euphrates River after the army forces’ strategic advances in Eastern Deir Ezzur and liberation of the town of Albu Kamal.
The source went on to say that ISIL was in control of a region as large as 7,500 sq/km from the Northwest of Badiyeh (desert) Albu Kamal to the Southeast of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs, adding that another region covering 6,500 sq/km of area from the North of Albu Kamal to the South of Merkadah in Hasaka province and between the Iraqi border and the Kurdish-held Thowar region was under the control of the ISIL terrorists.
The source further said that the closure of the 25-km-long gap between the North of Albu Kamal and South of the town of al-Mayadeen by the army soldiers drove a wedge between the Western and Eastern banks of the Euphrates River, and left the terrorists with the only two options of death or surrender.