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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:15 P.M.) – Following the capture of six villages in eastern Deir Ezzor on Saturday, the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) rushed reinforcements to the southeastern countryside of the province, engaging heavily outnumbered ISIS militants.

On Sunday morning, the US-backed SDF seized the Shudayha, Younes, Shaitat, and Sarhit oil fields from the Islamic State. Other reports suggest the oil fields were simply handed over to the SDF by ISIS members whom wished to defect instead of facing certain death.

Regardless, the latest advances put the SDF within 40 kilometers of Abu Kamal, the last major ISIS stronghold in Syria, but also within striking distance of reaching the Euphrates River from a new axis.

In effect, the race to reach Abu Kamal has begun as Russia and the United States are backing opposing sides to seize the last stretch of Islamic State territory.

An interactive map showing the most recent military situation can be found here.

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There is no race. My understanding is that Russia and the US had already decided the partitioning of Syria between them beforehand and my guess is that Al-Bukamal will be handed over by the Russians to the American invaders. I hope I’m wrong, but all things point to the same scenario as in the three previous occasions of Raqqa city, Al-Jafra oil fields and Omar oil fields. My guess is that Russia could just as well be helping the US colonial imperialist invaders of Syria to gain some favours from Donald Trump and not the Syrian government.

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Why would Russia help America? What’s America going to do? Turkey is moving away from NATO and towards Russia. These Kurds should go to the negotiating table and get something from all this, because they’re totally surrounded by potential hostiles.

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So ISIS terrorists are willing to fight to the death SAA and/or Hezbollah but surrender meekly to the USA’s SDF lackies and just hand over oil fields that fuel their caliphate??? And they do it more than once??? And they also found to be using NATO bought weapons in their fight against the Syrian military???