A Kurdish convoy described as nearly “10 kilometers long” entered the Hasakah governorate on Monday amid a massive build-up for an upcoming Kurdish-led offensive towards Deir Ezzor city, possibly phase 4 of the Euphrates Wrath campaign.

The army reportedly consisted of a mixture of Peshmerga and YPG fighters that had finished operations across the border where the Iraqi Army has won the upper hand.

However, Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a journalist based in Erbil, denied their forces had crossed into Syria.

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Nevertheless, hundreds of Kurdish tanks, armored vehicles, technicals and BMP’s travelled through the Al-Malkiyah border crossing, eventually linking up with SDF militants at the main highway in Hasakah earlier today.

According to information obtained by Al-Masdar News reporter Yusha Yuseef, these combined Kurdish forces will join an overwhelming US-backed offensive through the oil-rich desert north of Deir Ezzor.

Should this upcoming offensive go to plan, the predominately Kurdish SDF would lift a three-year long siege imposed by ISIS on the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor where entrenched Syrian government troops have struggled to turn the tides in recent months.

Meanwhile, one report suggested that Kurdish forces had captured Al-Kubar on Sunday; this ISIS-held town is anchored at the Euphrates River in northern Deir Ezzor. The advance could not be independently verified by Al-Masdar News’ military sources.

Elsewhere, south of Manbij, the SDF captured 9 villages from ISIS in rural Aleppo earlier today, coming within striking distance of the Al-Khafsa water pumping station.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Claro muestra que EE.UU. nunca proporcionara armas a SDF a pedido de Erdoga, EE.UU. llamó a los Peshmergas Iraquies de Clan Barzani, aliado Turco para la luchar contra ISIS.
    Bueno lo importante es acabar con ISIS por el momento.

  2. I don’t trust the Kurds. They stabbed the SAA in the back in Hassakah. They obviously have their own agenda and it doesn’t include cooperation with the SAA. I guess they wanna secure the northern bank of the Euphrate river which they supposedly see as a border of the future Kurdistan. The US forces already are establishing their military bases in the northern Syria to create facts on the ground and prevent any attempts of the SAA to get those territories back.

      • yes kurds want dier azorbcuz of oil platform for thier economy and defineltly USknows this thats why they are pushing towards the city and want to remove SAA so the whole province will be under kurdish they want to make thier own state on Euphrates line you can also see thier flag syria is divided into 2 on euphrates line. but this will bring more destruction and war on kurdish city if they keep listinig to US.

  3. possibly great for Syrian army in deir ez-zor, but kurds will take advantage of that offensive to gain even more territory.
    and they are U.S backed. if the U.S. support the kurds, it’s because it benefits U.S’ war objectives.
    partition of Syria ahead

  4. US are bringing the Barzani peshmerga traitors to the table. Erdogan’s boot lickers nonetheless. I think they are trying to bring the YPG to the dark side using their Iraqi brothers. If im right they would get two birds with one stone…carve a puppet regime in north Syria while getting the YPG together with the Barzani traitors making ergollum happy. Then all their pipelines,balkanization plans and any other agendas would be in march. I hope this wouldn’t be the case.

  5. A change of the main offensive to oil rich Deir Ezzor makes sense. IS keeping dominance of the oil resources of Deir Ezzor would fuel and finance its fight longer than e.g. Raqqa.