On October 25, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began advancing towards the al-Tanak oil field south of the Omar oil fields in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to Kurdish sources.
However, Syrian opposition sources reported that ISIS is preparing to hand over the al-Tanak oil field to the SDF without fighting within the framework of the previously reached agreement.
The opposition sources didn’t provide any additional information about the supposed agreement between the SDF and ISIS. However, these claims could be linked to the SDF-ISIS negotiations reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) back on October 22.
In a related development, the SDF claimed that it repelled an attack of ISIS backed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on its position in Jafar train station north of Deir Ezzor city. According to the SDF, ISIS fighters attacked the train station while the SAA tanks targeted several positions of the SDF around the station.
Kurdish sources reported that 5 fighters of the SDF were killed in the SAA tanks shelling. However, the SDF and the Kurdish sources didn’t provide any evidence to support their claims. Indeed, ISIS positions are in kilometers away from Jafar train station. Moreover, the ISIS linked news agency Amaq didn’t report any attack against the SDF in the train station.
The SDF claims are a reflection of tensions between it and the SAA. These claims could be also a propaganda response to all reports accusing the SDF of negotiating with ISIS.