ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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On November 22, ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley launched a large offensive on positions of the US-led coalition and its proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), around the al-Tanak oil field in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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The UK-based monitoring group said that ISIS was planning to reach the oil field and attack a base of the US-led coalition there. The terrorist group’s fighters managed to penetrate the SDF’s first line of defense around the field after targeting it with two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs). However, SDF fighters in the second line of defense, backed by coalition warplanes, managed to defend their positions.

“US-led coalition warplanes began conducting intense airstrikes on positions and gatherings of ISIS around al-Tanak oil field … The air strikes continued until 8 am today,” the SOHR said in its report.

The SDF has not commented on the SOHR’s report so far. However, the ISIS-linked news agency released several photos of the terrorist group’s fighters attacking positions of US-backed forces in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.

The new attack once again confirms that ISIS is still capable of carrying out effective defensive and offensive operations against US-backed forces in the Euphrates Valley.

Photos of the ISIS attack:

ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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ISIS Launches Large Attack On SDF-Held Oil Field In Southeastern Deir Ezzor (Map, Photos)

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  • Jens Holm

    As long some of ISIS die too, its fine with me, but hard to belive those photos at all.

    • Ed

      None of their fighters ever seem to perish in any of these attacks! Either the SDF are completely useless when they ‘fight back’ or Daesh soldiers are totally indestructible

      • BMWA1

        There is a game here.

        • Jens Holm

          Yes, an artificial game done by You. Whatever SDFs do, they do things wrong.

          • Concrete Mike

            Jens…what kind of plane is in the picture?

            Answer that question correctly to win the game.

          • Jens Holm

            Those pictures are fakes. It could be some spacelab to me or a stork.

      • Jens Holm

        If You say so. I allow me to hope those from ISIS die by age. If thats allowed by You.

  • You can call me Al

    This is madness – where are all the ISIS scum coming from ?.

    • BMWA1

      West bank from cells in protection of idf or us forces.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Very gd question

  • Sinbad2

    All any of the invaders, ISIS US French etc want are the pillaging rights, and oil fields are a profitable pillage.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Isis have at least 4600 fighters hiding in Al hasakah and Ar Raqqah, and 1500 fighting the SDF in east Deir ez Zor, not to even mention the several thousand or more they still have south of the Euphrates fighting the SAA and hiding in the deserts.
    A lot of you’ve been saying I’m full of BS stating this, but I wonder why, it’s all been reported by SF and most other news outlets, I don’t just make up numbers.
    Isis has plenty of well trained and seasoned fighters left, and plenty of heavy equipment, you’ll see that when they try and take over a town here soon. Isis captured heaps of heavy equipment at the start of the war and lost bugger all in Ar Raqqah city, most of it’s still out there somewhere, the SDF captured hardly anything when they took back all of Ar Raqqah and Al Hasakah governorates, there must be some good hiding spots out there somewhere, good enough to hide dozens of tanks and artillery pieces that Isis still has.
    Isis is as close to making another major incursion, similar to what happened in Deir ez-Zor city or Palmyra, as they could ever be, conditions for it to happen couldn’t be more perfect for them.
    A lot of you think that the Kurds are still active in the SDF participating in the fighting against Isis at Hajin but they’re not, no Kurds are fighting Isis at all anywhere, unless it’s defensively. A lot of you say I’m full of BS saying that too, but show me even one article anywhere that tells us Kurdish SDF fighters have done anything but defend their own territory from Isis for the last 3 weeks, you won’t because you can’t.
    A few days ago SF reported that 1700 SDF fighters had been sent to Hajin to reinforce the SDF besieging Isis there, but they didn’t mention that they were all Arabs and some Christians though, I wonder why not, it’s a very important fact, that’s if you want to understand what’s really going on now.
    Trump sending only Christians and Arabs to fight Isis at Hajin means only one thing to me, he’s desperate, it also tells me that they’re probably not really reinforcing the Kurds already there fighting at all, they’re actually more likely replacing them. I also say that because of the constant US bombing that’s causing so many civilian casualties [lots of kids too] in Hajin, that to me is also a mark of desperation by the US.
    Just think about it, even if the US and SDF were having trouble containing the 1500 Isis fighters there, and that’s with French and Iraqi artillery support, US coalition and Iraqi airstrikes, SDF and Iraqi ground forces, all pitted against 1500 Isis fighters, and then they also get 1700 Arab and Christian SDF reinforcements sent in to help, and the US is still bombing the hell out of the poor civilians there, [as well as Isis]. That doesn’t make any sense to me, every Isis fighter in Hajin must be worth 10 or 20 SDF fighters now, they must have all turned into supermen in the last 3 weeks, gained superpowers maybe, unless of course it really means the 1700 reinforcements were reinforcing the Arab militias that were left fighting Isis when the Kurds started leaving. Up until now [4 months] US special forces have only acted as spotters and intelligence gatherers anywhere around Hajin, now all of a sudden they’re participating in a battle, they must have gotten bored hey.
    The Kurds are killing Turks, not Isis, they’re all heading north and west to do exactly that, and a lot of them are already there waiting for reinforcements. The Kurds may be protecting their own towns from Isis attacks in US controlled territory, but they won’t be doing the same for the Arab and other predominantly non Kurdish towns or villages, especially if they’re not near any oilfields. They’re focusing on not allowing the US to concede any more of their own homelands to Erdogan, hence the refusal to fight Isis for the US [second time], and numerous diplomatic delegations they’ve sent to Assad. And also the fact they’re moving into areas that Erdogan could potentially invade, to quickly confront him in case he actually does, means they at least think something’s about to happen, or maybe even about to make it happen.
    I actually think the Kurds are trying their hardest to provoke a war with Turkey, if it happened and the US actually backed them, they could potentially get back all the territory they lost to Erdogan and retain their partnership with the US, if the US didn’t support them they could simply go back to Assad as a second best bet, what could the US do to stop them.
    At least Assad keeps saying he wants Turkey out of Syria and all Syrian territory returned to Syrian sovereignty, the Kurds want that too, they’d just like self autonomy from Assad as well, which they won’t get. But they wouldn’t have really got it with the US either though, just become puppets who believed they were self autonomous, I think some of them are starting to realize that now.
    The Kurds aren’t happy with the status quo now, their homelands to the west are under occupation by Erdogan, the Arabs who don’t like them are attacking them sporadically, and Isis [their only tool against the US], is still a threat they’ll eventually have to deal with [when they no longer serve a purpose], things aren’t as rosy as they seem for the Kurds.
    The Kurdish leaders from the west are the ones most favorable of a switch to Assad, they know they’ll never get their homelands back if the US is in control, the Kurdish leaders from the east are more optimistic and still mostly pro US [not all though], but when you look at what’s happening on the ground, you see a different story again. The foot soldiers are deserting, or just leaving the SDF, and heading north and west to join the Kurdish resistance to Erdogan that’s been in full swing for weeks if not months now. I think that means the Kurds are thinking of deserting the US at the first sign that the US is going to allow Erdogan a free pass to move east.

    I’m waiting for the commentary backlash now but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for my rude responses, my fingers are sore from typing this extended version of my bible and I’m hungry too.

  • Mark Atyeo

    That aircraft looks like a TU-160 to me… And that wouldn’t be American.

    So the pictures are… faked?