Syrian Democratic Forces Reach Deir Ezzor Industrial Zone


Syrian Democratic Forces Reach Deir Ezzor Industrial Zone

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On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMZ) announced that they reached the industrial zone in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor city. However, the SDF didn’t announce that the industrial zone is under its full control.

With this advance, the SDF deployed in only 15Km away from Deir Ezzor city. Furthermore, The SDF released an official video of its forces near the industrial area. All fighters who appeared in the video were speaking Kurdish language.

Meanwhile, US Army Colonel Ryan Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led collation, announced that SDF forces recaptured 250km2 in the Khabur river valley in the last two days only.

The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency announced that many SDF fighters were killed or injured after a VBIED targeted SDF units 20km away from Deir Ezzor city.

Amaq also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed a Humvee vehicle and a heavy gun of the SDF with ATGMs in al-Kurafi village northwest of Deir Ezzor city.

In a related development, Kurdish sources claimed that ISIS executed 17 of its fighters who fled the battle in Deir Ezzor city. If true, this could mean that ISIS will face bigger internal problems and disorder as the SAA and the SDF continue to advance towards its heartland in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.



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  • Carol Binkley

    Just as long as the Kurds, and the U.S., know that their situation will be addressed when Syria is fully stable once more. And just as long as the Kurds and the U.S. work under the direction of V. Putin (and myself), as only Putin will have access to information that no other person on this planet can have or will have. Do you read me?

  • RichardD

    Air and ground elements of the Syrian government coalition have been operating on the east side of the river for a long time. And are making preparations for the main ground force to follow. When, not if, that happens. It will be well planned out and prepared for in advance. And the SDF and other forces present in the theater of operations will be dealt with on an as needed case by case basis.

  • Pete

    I have feared that SDF is a little bit late, but if it’s true, it was a very good timing. North of Eufrates is under SDF, south under SAA, i think that’s the compromise, what everybody would accept either in federal state or an independent one. Afrin will cause the only headache.

    • dutchnational

      And Sjeikh Maqsud in Aleppo and the small enclaves of Assad in Hassakah and Qamishli.

      Maybe they can agree to respect the enclaves. Cooperation will gain them much. Confrontation will cost them much, whoever might win.

      • Pete

        I think Aleppo and Hassakah will be mutualy agreed and replaced, I don’t think that anybody will have a word on that, if the big decisions regarding to Kurds will be made and agreed. I don’t think there would be any confrontation as Kurds asked for help against turks and sharing the frontline with SAA. Even when they moved to Al-Tabqah nothing happened, just closed the border and that’s it. I don’t think that SAA would go to north of Eufrates, it seems to me that was a bigger plan. (it’s not a question, that Kurds waited for SAA to reach Deir-Ezzor first, so there wouldn’t be any confrontation, if Kurds would have been already there)

        • dutchnational

          Likely, yes.

  • dutchnational

    Good jobs from both SAA and SDF. Several twitters accounts now confirm that SDF has indeed taken DeZ Industrial Zone. Maybe they can soon shake hands at the destroyed bridge over the river.

    Good news all around.

    • RichardD

      What do you think the prospect of that is, is the SDF going to prevent the government front lines from moving north and east to the Iraq border from DE, or are they going to stand aside and allow the government to move north and east from DE? What the SDF has on the ground is no match for government forces.

      • dutchnational

        Just my opinion is that SDF does not have any problem with SAA taking DeZ city even though some part of the local SDF might object.

        If, really if, SDF takes the north bank, they will not hinder SAA from taking the southern and western part, all the way to the Iraqi border.

        USA might like the SDF to cross the river again near the Iraqi border, but I highly doubt the SDF is interested.

        Things might change if the SAA is unable to advance on its side of the river in a timely way. Were that the case and SAA was still not near the border late 2017, early 2018, SDF might be tempted.

        To stimulate cooperation between SDF and Assad, I can see SDF granting Assad, when all has quieted down there, a free passage between DeZ city and the garrison of SAA in Hassakah. It could be they would want the same for Afrin and Manbij.

        Small steps to start rebuilding the country.

        • RichardD

          You’re evading my question. Do you understand what the directions north and east mean? If you think that the Syrian Government is going to concede DE on the other side of the river to the SDF, then I think that you’re mistaken. How the SDF is treated will depend on how cooperative it is with Syrian government objectives.

          • dutchnational

            I am answering. Implied is : SDF will not let SAA through their lines as a fighting force. Nobody would. Cooperate, yes, to some extent.

            I really think that at present the SAA does not have much of a choice as the SAA is extended too and cannot even recruit internally any more as they now almost totally rely on foreign manpower.

            Syria is not all quiet and will not be for a long time, as long is Idlib is under HTS, Turkey has a colony in Azaz (how will Assad ever get them out?), the south largely under Southern Front and SDF at the moment fully autonomous with a large and growing militia/army.

          • RichardD

            Most people would consider your original answer an evasion. Your views of the conflict all focus on Syria losing the war. The short answer at this time depends on US and Russian air cover for their respective allies. The legitimate government of Syria, supported by Russia, compliant with international law acting within it’s rights. And the outlaw Kurdish secessionists backed by the US violating international law.

            What happens after DE will answer the question of who is providing air cover to who. If the Syrian government coalition crosses the river and pushes north and east, then Russia prevailed. If they don’t, then the US prevailed. I don’t have the answer to that question and am watching like everyone else.

            I’d like to see Syrian government coalition air defense strengthened in DE to the point where a river crossing and push north and east will occur. If that happens, Syria will proceed with winning the war. If it doesn’t, then the evil Jew world order will partition Syria with a Kurdish secessionist state to proceed with taking down Iran, Russia and China.

            The future of our planet depends on Russia’s ability to continue to prosecute the war to a successful conclusion by allowing the Syrian government coalition to secure the Iraq border. And then clear the north and south borders after that.

        • RichardD
  • FO Yankee patsies.

  • hvaiallverden

    Its an bitter sweet day, the latest Victor’s was spectacular and it warms my hart to see commanders, right in the front line, hell, when they do it, they get everybody else to do it.
    Rear this days.

    Yeah, we are approaching the moment of truth, how deep does this “commitment” sticks, into what Russians is and allegedly have stated they will do, and how far, will the Yanikes go, when their openly states the NO Syrians over the Euphrates, is the equivalence of shutting out large parts of Syria, and given the an pack of criminals, and all the oil, of course, is suddenly not even Syrians, but solely belongs to the Kurds, yeah, demonCrazy or something like that, ask an Yankike, He wouldn’t even know either.
    The ugly truth is simple, Israel controls Russia, and Israel does what it wants, and Russia just sits there and do nothing while Syrians are been slaughtered by the scums of this earth, or they will whine, huh, and the nothingness of the Russians makes their claims taste like shit.
    Russia is an shame.
    Like the way they denied Iran defensive equipments, just when Israel whines an second, Russia jumped and flew, snatched back the weapons, huh, and this days everything is, what, better, are you tripping.
    Pathetically coward, and kneels before the chosen ones, the one that ravaged your land and again they are in total control, pity.
    Syria won, but lost a lot of their land, that i an fact, just watch the “deals”, back room deals, and somehow I know Syria will loose, and eventually every neighboring land, but Russia and the uISISa have to make up their mind, because either way, a lot of what have gone so far, will be determined by the coming weeks, since I regard ISIS as gone, their last act for their masters was to let the Kurds, SDF and lord knows what thru, easy pacey, and now they control the opposite side on Euphrates.
    And the latest “drill” huh, in Israel, is what, the next stage, IDF attacks Syria and Russia runs home and the uISISa comes from the east.
    And can walk straight in because Russia denies Syria weapons, capable to deal with this, but the worst is the treason, witch leaves the Syrians bare, they will loose, but Russia got its Crimea.
    I can only hope I am dead wrong.

    From Russia and uISISa.

    Yeah, like an bloody soap opera, back stabbings, lies, , propaganda, smoke and mirrors, etc, etc and everybody sleeps with everyone, yeah, the only stable variable is death and destruction.

    Iraqis, well, somehow, I dont trust them, PMU maybe, but the statements goes to every direction and makes credibility to an strained issue, where in reality, you cant trust anyone.

    I have an bad feeling.
    We should rejoice, but I cant, I simply cant, I know it will be worse.
    May the lord have mercy upon you all.


  • RichardD

    “A representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Sputnik Turkiye on condition of anonymity that the US has supplied them with yet another batch of weapons and armed vehicles in accordance with the list of demands they drew up. Their demands have increased, the source said, as Daesh have strengthened their resistance near Raqqa.
    “The US has supplied weapons and armored vehicles in 140 trucks. Our demands for armored vehicles have increased during our military operation near Raqqa. Thus, on demand, we draw up a list of armaments, ammunition and equipment we need and send it to the US,” the SDF representative told Sputnik Tukiye.”

    • dutchnational

      This is exactly in line with what Trump stated in may. “We will supply what is necessary, replace what is unnecessary and that could change depending on circumstances.”.

      This wording could even mean manpads, artillery if YPG is attacked by SAA (unlikely) or Turkey.

      • RichardD

        This is what the Jew world order has done from the beginning of the war. The Syrian government coalition will do the same thing to the Kurds that they’ve done to everybody else if it becomes necessary. US air power hasn’t stopped it so far. With Isis gone, the SDF is next if they get in the way and don’t reach an agreement that is acceptable to the Syrian Government.

        Do you think that the American people are going to support another Jew war in the middle east to partition Syria? I don’t. Especially when there are peer forces armed with nuclear weapons involved.

        • RamboDave

          You are correct. This advance of the SDF-YPG-PKK (Kurds) is going to be short lived. I think the “Coalition”, which includes Jordan and Gulf States, have led the Kurds on a suicide mission which is very overextended.

          I don’t think Trump wants to get involved, and probably wasn’t even consulted about this SDF-YPG-PKK move. In April, he made the decision to stay out. Since then, General H.R. McMaster has removed all of the “Israel first” crowd from Trump’s NSC. They will certainly vote now to stay out of the conflict.

          All Russia has to do is airlift some of their troops from Deir Ez-Zor airport over a few miles to block their way, and then call up President Trump and ask him how badly he, not the Coalition, wants to escalate.

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  • bob balluga

    SO kurds will try and take all land north of the Euphrates river I guess while SAA will take everything south of it

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    USA evacuated most of ISIS terrorist there..surely paying money and will deploy them in other parts!

  • RichardD

    It’s all empty desert that the SDF has captured from Isis. There was probably little if any Isis presence in this area. And most of what was there probably has dropped down to DE. All that the SDF did was fill a vacuum. The government is no doubt preparing to advance on Al Suwar and Al Hejjnah from DE. And on to Markadah from there.

    • RamboDave

      I agree, the SDF-YPG-PKK (kurds) are now totally overextended, and probably cannot go much further, especially with those lightweight weapons in that video. However, they have now managed to cross over the Hwy 7 road that goes to al Suwar from Dier Ez-Zor. Thus, the SAA will need to cross over open terrain.

      Al-Suwar is extremely important. It is on the right of your map. It is in a separate river valley that flows into the Euphrates just at the bottom of your map. That al Suwar region has a lot of major oil wells. The SAA needs to get there fast.

      • RichardD

        “they have now managed to cross over the Hwy 7 road that goes to al Suwar from Dier Ez-Zor.”

        Why do you say this? It’s not on the map above.

        I can’t see the Syrian government turning over a resource like the Khabur River and reservoir to Jew world order secessionists under any circumstances. They will fight the SDF just like everyone else if the Kurds don’t cooperate.

        I’m sure that the air defense capability is going into DE at this time to deal with any non Syrian government coalition air activity on an as needed basis. The SDF would have no air cover to advance and hold ground even if they did have the man power and weapons that they don’t currently have.

        • RamboDave

          While South Front does a good job, they cannot update constantly. Here
          is the latest map. The SFD-YPG-PKK has indeed crossed over Hwy 7.


          • RichardD

            OK, they may be where the other map shows them to be. I don’t see them stopping a Syrian government coalition drive up Hwy 7, let alone a river crossing. The SDF force that’s dropped down through the empty desert is almost certainly much much lighter than what’s going into DE at this time from the government. What the discussions are between the Russians and the Americans at this time in terms of air cover I don’t know.

            The only thing that would stop a Syrian government coalition river crossing and eastern advance would be US air strikes. I think that we both agree that that’s probably not going to happen. If it does it will escalate the conflict considerably. Because the Syrian government coalition has the resources to decimate the SDF force within at least a 10 to 20 mile radius of DE right now without even crossing the river. And that’s just with ground weapons.

          • RamboDave

            Grad rockets, with a 20 mile range, will work just fine on them, exposed out there on Hwy 7.
            I would go with a pontoon river crossing to the South of Hwy. 7, to postpone the inevitable confrontation. The SDF-YPg-PKK-Kurds are overextended. Let them take a few more suicide truck bomb attacks, or let them get cut off by ISIS from their furthest advance on Hwy 7.

          • dutchnational

            First SAA has to get to the river banks. IS holds the quarters along the river.

        • Graeme Rymill

          “I can’t see the Syrian government turning over a resource like the
          Khabur River and reservoir to Jew world order secessionists under any

          There is a precedent: Tabqa Dam and its associated extensive irrigation works.

          • RichardD

            Not really. It just changed hands from one secessionist force to the other. Isis to Kurds. Not from the Syrian Government to the Kurds. The Kurds being the less aggressive of the two to the Syrian government. But still a regime change element as the conflict with the Syrian government coalition showed. Which changed the Kurds from friend to foe. Correct me if I’m mistaken, but the Kurds attacked the government, not the other way around.

            The government didn’t concede anything to the Kurds, they just put them on the resolve latter list with all of the other miscreants.

            U.S.-backed Syria militias say Tabqa, dam captured from Islamic State

            “The US shot down a Syrian anti-terrorist jet near Raqqa yesterday, which prompted the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to send in a rescue mission to retrieve the downed pilot. Unfortunately, Al Masdar News (AMN) reported that they encountered intense resistance from the majority-Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF), which if true, would mark the most serious escalation between these two sides. There’s no reason to doubt AMN’s coverage of this event because they’ve proven time and again to have reliable information acquired from on-the-ground and government sources, so it should be taken as a fact that the SAA and SDF did indeed clash last night.

            The events leading up to that battle are unclear, however.

            The SAA claims that they were on an anti-terrorist bombing mission near Daesh’s “capital”, while the US says that Damascus was in fact attacking its SDF proxies near Tabqa. These narratives aren’t mutually exclusive, and it’s very possible that the SAA rightly conflates the SDF with Daesh due to the Kurds’ documented connection with this terrorist organization. Moreover, the Kurds are ethnically cleansing Arabs from Raqqa en mass in order to pave the way for the city’s annexation to their unilaterally declared “federation” after its forthcoming capture, so it makes sense why Damascus could implicitly recognize them as terrorists without publicly declaring them as such for reasons of sensitive political optics”


        • dutchnational

          SDF crossed hwy 7 late yesterday.

          They are now fighting in Salhyia, the last village before the riverbank and will spread out from there.

          I agree with you that the Khabur Valley is also important. The SDF advance there is much harder as Markadeh is heavily fortified there.

          If they cannot take it rapidly, they will isolate it and continue south. Soon there will be an advance on two axis :

          Along the riverbank of the Euprates to the south east (starting at DeZ north) and to the south along the Khabur river.

          SAA will do the same at its side.

          Once all is quiet again, Northern Syria and Assad should start serious talks with having Russia and US as mediators. Northern Syria does not want to leave Syria, Assad does not want Northern Syria to leave, they need eachother economically and with a little bit less blustering and some outside pressure on both sides, they will work it out.

      • RichardD

        Hwy 7 is south of the yellow area on the article map. Even if the SDF is south of there. It’s almost certainly a very light force that won’t be able to stop a government offensive. And when the Syrian government coalition advnces. It will be with air cover that the US is unlikely to mess with.

    • PZIVJ

      RichardD: “The government is no doubt preparing to advance on Al Suwar”
      This may a bit to optimistic. SAA does not have a working bridge over the river yet and the SDF are still on the move. :(

      • RamboDave

        Another report said Russia now has pontoons in Deir Ez-Zor for that purpose.

        • RichardD

          I’ve posted pictures of them on this thread. Along with a similar crossing in Iraq. The Syrian government coalition is already on the other side of the river with commando and intel units.

      • RichardD

        If you’re not going to debate the Jew issue and are going to harass me about it and off planet matters with your insanity and stupidity. Then I have no interest in further debate with you on the Syrian war or any other matter. It looks like your support for Syria is fake and that you’re a trouble maker here to obfuscate matters with you two faced behavior.

  • Baudouin Jérusalem

    ISIS is collapsing but SAA must cross the Euphrates as soon as possible in order to stop US SDF !

    • Pete

      Either way, ISIS is collapsing in Syria, i think it’s not that far away. DeirEzzor was a very fast collapse, and ISIS seems to me just withdrawing from north. There is no major cities at north, but there are some at south. I don’t think that SAA really want to cross the river, maybe later at this point there is no sense, as ISIS can push them from both side, which needs to be avoided, look at what happened at first push towards Deir Ezzor, they lost the west for a while. I have to say, that SAA has more problems on his backyard. (green area and so on) That desert corner probably don’t harm any interest, as big decisions will be made later on.

  • Gary Sellars

    Filthy SDF maggots…. they are nothing but US proxies, aiding and abetting the seppos in their plans to balkanise North East Syria. The US wants to occupy the lands East of the Euphrates, while justifying it as “peacekeeping” or “protecting” the Kurds from ‘regime repression”. Its a naked land grab aimed at weakening Damascus and preventing Assad from reunifying the nation under its rightful gov.

    This WILL NOT be allowed to stand.

  • Graeme Rymill

    Is it critical that Syria controls these oilfields directly? If so they an drop troops by helicopter on these sites. The SDF would then have have a choice: back off or openly engage in conflict with the SAA.

    If the oilfields aren’t critical but just desirable the Syrian Government may prefer to negotiate a revenue sharing agreement with whatever administration the SDF set up. This would avoid any escalation leading to hostilities. Many of the armchair warriors on this site are thirsting for Kurdish blood. The Syrian Government may feel differently. It has been a long hard war. Much of the country’s infrastructure lies in ruins. It may be that Syria sees that its own best interests lie in accommodation rather than confrontation.

    Time will tell….

    • dutchnational

      You are correct. There is already an agreement like that for some oil wells in Hassakah. 65% of revenue and all expensess for Assad, 35% for SDF and allies for ownership/control and security.

      This could be stretched to more areas.

  • gustavo

    I CALL THIS A STUPIDITY SYRIA-RUSSIA TACTICAL SLEEPING. EVERYBODY, EVEN I, WERE BE ABLE TO SEE THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN. Sorry, but htis represents a big shadow on Syria-Iran-Hezbolah-Russia forces which is not justified since Russia can see and hear everything in Syria. Russia was able to anticipate very well this SDF movement and can even stop it.

  • dutchnational

    For those interested in (reported) facts, SDF is now reported as fighting within Salhyia, the last village north (east) of the Euprates river, along Hwy 7. Once cleared, they are at the river banks. They will soon start spreading out along the riverside.

    SAA doing its job on one side of the river. SDF on the other side. Together, IS will be defeated along the river before the end of 2017?

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  • Jens Holm

    Syrians and other in those countries must be worth nothing if some few jews can handle them as descriebed here.

    I cant see You even try to improve things by beimng able to copy from the best parts of the world outside Yours.

    The only progrees can be found in the 10.001 arabic nights for bad excuses. In Syria many people would like to go back to Assads homogeneize the country by killing all opposition as from 1970 and today. And the choise people has to choose or many did and do was and are jihadisme of the worst kind.

    Only kurds has an answer to a future. The rest go back and seemes to prefare killing eact other until one or none is left. Well, exept for the 8-10 non participaters.

    Are they the bad ones not grapping weapons and killing neighbors as they are asked to by 37 silly flag dicttators with or without sharia. Or are they the clever ones and the normal ones, which should take over.

    I do understand those 8-10 mio refugees, where Assads are proud to have most of them feeding them with United Nation packets as they came from himself. In the other hand can those passive people claim Syria is their country.

    If jews really do that, they are doing a fine job for their seize. Some might visit the area and see if even their dwarfs are bigger them Yours.

  • Jens Holm

    Jew in arabic = Excuse for everything even the weather.

  • dutchnational

    For those appreciating up to date info, SDF has been reported as capturing the Dez (north) trainstation.

    As undoubtetly SAA has also advanced in DeZ, both forces work in tandem to defeat IS.

    Keep up the good work.