On December 19, unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on a road leading to al-Omar oil fields in the southeastern countryside of Syria’s Deir Ezzor.
As a result of the attack three fighters of the SDF were killed and two others were wounded. The gunmen managed to flee the scene.
The US-led coalition, the SDF’s main backer, maintains a large presence at al-Omar oil fields. Yet, it didn’t intervene or pursues the gunmen who carried out the attack.
The Syrian state TV said that the attack was carried out by the “Popular Resistance” in the SDF-held part of Deir Ezzor. However, some activists speculated that the attack carried out by one of ISIS’ many cells in the southeastern countryside of the governorate.
Despite a recent a series of security operations by the US-led coalition and the SDF, the situation in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside is only getting worse.
Less than two weeks ago, the SDF locked down the town of al-Busayrah in response to a large-scale attack by ISIS cells that targeted one of its main headquarters. Still, the terrorists were not caught.
While the US-led coalition is supposedly present in northeastern Syria to counter ISIS, it appear to be only interested in expanding its presence in the region’s oil and gas fields.