On Thursday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) captured Tabiyeh and al-Isba oil fields in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to pro-Kurdish sources.
These claims are not yet confirmed by the SDF or DMC. However, the SDF is indeed close to the both oil fields. If these reports are confirmed, the SDF will be in control over a half of Syria’s oil reserve.
Moreover, that will mean that the SDF at least partly blocked the SAA way on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river.
It’s unlikely that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies will react to the SDF capture of the oil fields. Nonetheless, this will be for sure a big issue when ISIS is defeated.
Meanwhile, in Raqqa city, the SDF announced that its members killed 63 ISIS fighters and destroyed 3 VBIEDs of ISIS on Thursday. According to the SDF clashes are still ongoing in the center of Raqqa city, in the western side of the city and north of the grain silos.
The SDF will likely capture Raqqa city in the nearest future as ISIS defense lines in the city are collapsing due to a heavy bombardment by the US-led coalition.
Deir Ezzor governorate will be the next target of large-scale SDF operations. The US-led coalition and its “partners” are likely planning to capture as much areas in it as possible.