The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a massive assault in western Deir ez-Zor, Monday, May 7, targeting the Islamic State’s (IS) large pocket in the Badiya region near the Homs provincial border, Al-Masdar News reports.
Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary), the Syrian Arab Army began the operation on Monday by pushing west of the strategic city of Al-Mayadeen in central Deir ez-Zor.
The Syrian army and their allies would swiftly advance through the vast Syrian Desert, pushing the Islamic State forces as far as 50 km away from Al-Mayadeen.
According to a military source in the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Army’s 5th Legion and their allies managed to liberate several points in western Deir ez-Zor, including the town of Faydat Umm Muwaynah, which is located inside the Syrian Desert.
The latest advance by the Syrian Army comes just days after the Islamic State was reportedly preparing to launch an offensive to breakout of the region and enter the Euphrates River Valley.