One year ago, the thought of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) crossing the Euphrates River and entering the Islamic State’s heartland in Deir Ezzor was an unrealistic endeavor; especially after the US Coalition bombed their forces at the Thardeh Mountains.
However, 2017 has been really good to the Syrian Army and their allies, as they managed to recapture all of the territory they lost to the Islamic State two years ago.
Now, the Syrian Army finds themselves engaged in a Cold War-like battle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as they both attempt to take control of Syria’s largest oil field.
In a matter of a week, both the Syrian Army and SDF have captured a large chunk of territory in Deir Ezzor, putting both of their forces within striking distance of the Al-‘Omar Oil Field.
Whoever reaches the Al-‘Omar Oil Field first will reap the economic and territorial benefit that comes with liberating this imperative area in the heart of the Euphrates River Valley.