Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces recapture oil field after clashes with ISIS

Oil field in Syria's Raqqa province. File photo

ARA News

HASAKAH – Subsequent to clashes with ISIS militants, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday recaptured an oil field in the northeastern Hasakah province.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, SDF official spokesman Talal Silo confirmed that their forces have expelled militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) from a major oil field near the Deir Ezzor-Raqqa highway.

“Today our forces made a new victory against the Daesh [ISIS] terror group by regaining control of the oil-rich Rashed district,” Silo said.

According to the official, the liberation of the Rashed district came after three days of constant clashes between the Kurdish-Arab alliance and ISIS militants. 

Silo stressed the role of the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover in enabling the SDF units to advance against ISIS in the area.

“The clashes moved to the vicinity of the Daesh-held town of Dushesha [in northeastern Syria],” he told ARA News. “Our [SDF] troops have reached the northern border of Deir ez-Zor province. We are trying to cut off all roads that link Deir ez-Zor with Raqqa province, in order to besiege major Daesh headquarters and continue our advance until cleansing the northeastern Syrian regions from those terrorists.”

The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian units, had earlier liberated more than 240 towns and villages from ISIS militants on the border with Iraq.

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste 

Source: ARA News 

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