DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:45 A.M.) – On Sunday, ISIS began a large-scale operation to regain control of the Al-Omar Oil Field, some 60 kilometers southeast of Deir Ezzor city, in order to push back the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF).
While the offensive itself is yet to reach a conclusion, the Islamic State has thus far killed six SDF members and retaken a lot of territory on the perimeter of the Al-Omar Oil Field although the facility remains under Kurdish control for now.
Photos of the offensive were released by Amaq Agency:
According to multiple sources close to Al-Masdar News, the Al-Omar Oil Field was first ceded to US-backed forces last week after ISIS-aligned tribesmen defected to the SDF, handing over a dozen oil field in eastern Deir Ezzor.
With the newly taken sites somewhat disconnected from the Kurdish mainland, the SDF has faced logistical problems in bringing in reinforcements to eastern Deir Ezzor, thereby rendering the oil fields vulnerable to ISIS counter-attacks.