The Military Council of Deir Ezzor (MCD) of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has announced a start of the “al-Jazeera Tempest” campaign in Deir Ezzor province.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Abu Fas village south of the SDF-held city of Hasakah on Saturday. The statement was ready by Ahmad Abu Khoula, a commander of the MCD. However, the advance will likely be led by Kurdish YPG and YPJ militias as the all previous SDF operations.
The declared aim of the campaign is to re-take the entire area north and east of the embattled city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS. This means that the SDF seeks to seize the strategic Omar oil field as well as to capture some parts of the Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway cutting off this vital supply line that could be established between Iraq and Syria.
According to local sources, the SDF operation de-facto started on Friday and SDF units already seized the villages of Tal Aljehev, Jabal az-Zirab, Bir Dumayni and Hujayf Zarrab, according to pro-Kurdish sources. Nonetheless, these gains still have to be confirmed.
During the press conference, the SDF also claimed that it has liberated 70% of the city of Raqqah from ISIS.