On Sunday, local sources told South Front that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces captured al-Quriyah town south of Mayadin city in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. Earlier pro-government sources reported that the SAA captured Mahkan village north of al-Quriyah, and launched its attack on al-Quriyah.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed that the SAA recaptured Khsham town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside. SANA added that several ISIS fighters were killed during the SAA advance.
Syrian opposition sources also reported that the SAA shelled al-Tayyana town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river east of al-Quriyah. The SAA was likely planning to capture the town in order to advance towards the strategic Omar oil fields. However, this plan failed.
Syrian pro-government activists expected earlier that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will capture the Omar oil fields after the SAA and the Tiger Forces focused their efforts on Khsham and al-Quriyah towsn, away from the oil fields.
Previously, the SAA redeployed its main strike units away from the Jafra oil fields in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside, and the SDF captured the oil fields.
The SAA strategy moves that the oil fields were not the main goal of the SAA or that the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance and the US have reached some kind of deal behind the scene despite the fact that it has never been announced officially.