BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The US and Russian backed forces in Syria are preparing for a major battle for the strategic oil fields in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, a military source told Al-Masdar News on Monday.

According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies have been amassing their forces along the western bank of the Euphrates for nearly two weeks now.

The source added that the government forces are planning on crossing the bridge that was recently constructed by the Russian military near the key town of Khasham in eastern Deir Ezzor.

If the Syrian military does in fact cross this bridge, they will be within striking distance of the Al-‘Umar Oil Fields.

This site possesses Deir Ezzor’s largest oil fields, making its capture all the more important for the Syrian government.

However, the US-backed forces are not likely to give it up without a fight, despite the fact they are greatly outnumbered by the Syrian military.

While Russia and the US will provide their respective sides with military support, it will be the latter that might have to militarily intervene.

The US Coalition has bombed the Syrian military before and given their latest attack, they may choose to do so again.

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16 Comments on "Russia, US backed forces preparing for colossal showdown in eastern Deir Ezzor"

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Christopher
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Syria should clear the ISIS pocket in western Dier Ezzor and east Holms first.

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prince teutonic

I don’t think this will end up well for SAA. Unless they somehow nullify massive US air support!

Floriangeyer
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That may be so BUT the operation would not go ahead without a plan to neuter the US air power.

Whether there has been a pre arranged agreement with the US to keep US planes out of the conflict or whether the SAA/Russian air defences will be employed is open to question.

What is certain in my opinion is that the SAA/Russian plan is not for the SAA to advance and then be wiped out.

Joe
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No US planes can fly this time and it is time to show who is boss , Assad or Trump

Solomon Krupacek
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briton commie, dream, dream, dream!

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Hmm

Solomon, this is not for kids, go someplace else.

Vladimir Belov
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This operation looks more like provocation. US again will state they protect SDF as an army fighting daesh. If SAA fights SDF then SAA challenges US mission which was paid with trillions dollars and thus SAA plays destructive role (even in my personally eyes). Finish ISIS first. Then US will have no excuse for military activity in Syria. Then SDF will not be motivated for holding Syrian oil fields.

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This time round I believe US would not be able to use their air Force much as surely SAA will be supported by SAM, manpad and even Russian planes .

It would be stupid to attack without air cover

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Agreed + the big black blob of ISIS. I hope the PMU storm in as support.

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ziad

i think after this big flop by the us attacking syria it demonstrated there inability to have any success in penetration and nullified massive US air support,,these 2000 sacrificial lambs are now feeling the pinch of knowing there country will not be able to provide any air power to cover them,,syria has air supremacy here and without that the yanks on the ground have no chance to withstand what is coming,they have just denied the yanks and the other western criminals ability for air cover

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SAA should wait for the arrival of S300 systems and should also make 100% sure all other potential fronts, in particular in Daraa and the North, are well prepared for any repell of possible large scale attacks. Syria should not put the current strong position at risk

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Nestor Arapa

Prioridad del ejercito Sirio debe ser limpiar ISIS de la zona, estar en varios frentes le puede jugar un revés al gobierno Sirio…
Todo con calma ya llegará el momento para expulsar al imperio.

Vladimir Belov
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Vladimir Belov

This is nonsense operation at this strategical situation. SAA in Deir Ezzor must first free up their back from ISIS. They would better finish with ISIS on west side of the Euphrates River and then would diplomatically ask for corridor to reach ISIS on the east side. SDF would say NO and then it would be correct move on SDF because SDF yields Syrian oil fields to ISIS and because it is time to take everything back anyway but not before ISIS is finished.

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Lilian Turin

This articles make no sense, how do pro-government forces counter US-coalition planes? They will simply be obliterated and the game will be over soon unless Russia and/or Iran will commit serious money into air-defense systems. I think neither of them have the financial capacity to do that unfortunately.

Russia, as demonstrated over and over will not engage the US-coalition. Stop.

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Hmm… Syria holds a great advantage in ground forces, but would need more outside help to take control of the airspace in this zone before advancing against the SDF+Coalition forces on the ground. At this stage, Syria might field around 254 combat aircraft, supported by, perhaps 18 (50?) Russian combat aircraft from Khmeimim airbase. The Russians also have aircraft operating from Iran, and can call in reinforcements from southern Russia. The Coalition side holds a great advantage in this category, with (?) French +(?) UK +230 US Air Force, operating out of Incirlik in Turkey, and Qatar, +180 US Navy… Read more »
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Now that Russian personnel have been put at risk by the recent failed Israeli strike, Russia could simply declare all of Syria a no-fly zone.