The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are racing along the western and eastern banks of the Euphrates River in an effort to capture the last oil fields under Islamic State (ISIS) control in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
Recently, the SDF and SAA both scored important advances in Deir Ezzor, seizing the Islamic State’s two largest strongholds in Deir Ezzor.
With Albukamal and Marakadah no longer under ISIS control, the SAA and SDF will now attempt to capture the remaining oil fields occupied by the terrorist forces in the Euphrates River Valley.
Among the oil fields still under ISIS control is the Al-Khishmah Fields, which is located south of the SDF controlled Al-‘Umar Oil Fields.
While the SDF has the advantage because of their positions along the eastern bank of the Euphrates, the Syrian Army and their allies will attempt to speed up their assault from Albukamal and Al-Mayadeen in order to beat the US backed forces there.