BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military has been amassing troops along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, Syrian journalist Eyad Al-Hosain reported this morning.

According to Al-Hosain, the Syrian military is preparing to launch an operation to retake the oil fields currently occupied by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

No specific oil field was mentioned in the report by Al-Hosain; however, if an operation were to be launched by the Syrian military, it would likely focus on the Al-‘Umar Oil Field.

The Al-‘Umar Oil Field is one of the largest oil fields in Syria and strategically located along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

No further details were released about this reported buildup of Syrian troops.

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1000 pin-pricks not frontal attack is the way to make the US leave.

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Absolutely agree, even though I say “a death by a thousand cuts” – same thing = “Death by 1000 cuts means those hundreds of actions or small decisions that in and of themselves don’t have a significant impact”…..interesting that different people have the sayings and meanings but slight differences in the wording…anyway I digress. As stated I totally agree with you on this and personally I think this is rather a rash and hurried move UNLESS the Kurds have a “gentlemen’s agreement” or owe a favour after the treatment they recieved from the SAA in the North West of the… Read more »

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I agree. Either with consent of the YPD or not now. IS is close inside the desert. The Jihadi to the West are IMHO the target.

p.s. Can the Turks under Erdogan be trusted?

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A deal with Turkey (= Russia as a guarantor) has many more probabilities of being respected than a deal with Kurds (USA’s good faith in the mix).
That’s not much of a statement, though.
It’s like choosing whether to be stung by a black widow or a Japanese giant hornet: the former having less probabilities of ending up with giving the ghost, it’s a bleak perspective anyway.

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True – the choice is sitting in a wasp nest or on top of an ant hill. Both are uncomfort.

Guess Putin will use a Turkish elephant in his game. Or not play in that region now. Both possible.

p.s. The region has much wealth and Assad controls the roads out to the sea. So Putin and Assad can wait without doing much about the SDF.

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Air cover??????????????????

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The SAA does not need that air cover against the IS.
So it is currently only feasible to begin an offensive against IS.

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Prefiero que acabe con terroristas de ISIS que permanece en el desierto y luego opte por recuperar los campos petrolíferos, ocuparse de dos frentes en un mismo lugar sería difícil y sin duda ISIS aprovecharía de ello.

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I highly suspect this gathering of SAA will first take care of the huge ISIS desert pocket and then start offensive against USA-mercenaries…

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I also see the IS pocket as target. And no head on offensive against the US mercenaries.

p.s. The SDF will eventually have realize that all trade routes go through Iraq, Barsanistan, Turkey or SAA controlled territory and that the US cannot change this.

So does Syria really need an offensive against the SDF?
Barsanistan and Iraq have oil. So it is Erdogan or Assad?
IMHO Erdogan cut his chances of a deal in Afrin.