An Arab media report says IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani personally led the operation to liberate the Syrian town of Bukamal from ISIS.
“Syrian army backed by its allied forces in the Axis of Resistance including IRGC, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Fatemiyoun, Zeinabioun and Haidarioun managed to fully liberate the border town of Bukamal from ISIS and Major General Soleimani personally led the operation,” said a report by Al Mayadeen TV.
Earlier, reports said the Iranian commander paid an unexpected visit to the IRGC forces deployed in Bukamal town.
The strategic town of Bukamal is in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor and on the border with Iraq. Reports say the self-proclaimed ISIS governor of Bukamal, known by the name Abu Hasan al-Iraqi, had fled from the town to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Syrian army soldiers declared victory over ISIS in Bukamal earlier this month, but the terrorists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in the city.