BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The battle in Deir Ezzor has been heating up recently as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advance deep into the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Euphrates heartland.
On Sunday morning, things would only get worse for the Islamic State as local tribal fighters defected to the US-backed Coalition at the Al-‘Omar Fields.
As a result of their defection, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the seizure of the Al-‘Omar Oil Fields, which is a major blow to the Islamic State economically and militarily.
In addition to the Al-‘Omar Oil Fields, the Syrian Democratic Forces are steadily advancing into Markadah-Sawr area, which is located east of the Euphrates River.
Meanwhile, near the provincial capital, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to liberate several towns along the eastern bank of the Euphrates, including Khasham, Al-Husseiniyeh, and Al-Hasan.
The Syrian Army only needs to liberate two more towns before clearing the entire Islamic State pocket east of the provincial capital.