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The fight for control of Syria’s oil-rich Deir ez-Zor

By Hunar Ahmed 22/5/2018
DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria – In Syria’s eastern oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province, where ISIS is putting up a last stand in the middle Euphrates River valley area on the border with Iraq, forces from the SDF and those loyal to the regime in Damascus compete for territory. 

“All the oilfields are here. This place is very rich, which is why they want this area. They wouldn’t come here if there was no oil here because they don’t care about the people,” SDF commander Abu Arab told Rudaw. 

The centre of Deir ez-Zor is controlled by Syrian government forces. The surrounding areas that are home to oilfields are under the control of the SDF.

ISIS militants still have access to several routes where they can cross back and forth between Iraq and Syria.

It is a dangerous area. 

The SDF have formed a special force of 250 local Arabs to protect the oil fields and newly liberated areas.


Outsider | 24/5/2018
The gentleman (and hid US sugar daddy) may should look at first in the mirror before talking...
Andrew | 24/5/2018
Can Rudaw do some type of 'Investigative Report'; to explain why the Syrian Government, & the Authorities of Democratic Federation of Northern Syria / Rojava havent made some type of permanent deal? Even though there are these Military Skirmishes between the two entities from time to time; relations have remained pretty much unchanged as well as quiet front lines between them most of the time, which tells me these two sides specifically dont want to go to War or they would have been fighting each other since 2012 anyway. I would think The Syrian Govt would be interested in some type of arrangement favorable to the Entity that has kept the Peace, fought terrorists, liberated & protected internal refugees in North East Syria since 2012 whom have stated they want to stay apart of Syria, & does recognize Asad's Govt as the Legitimate Federal Govt of Syria. The Governing Entity of Rojava is made up of Kurds, Arabs, & smaller populations of Syriac-Assyrians, Armenians, Chechens, Yazidis, Christians, & I would think the Syrian Government would take this opportunity to work with Democratic Federation of Northern Syria / Rojava & not ignore, squander & waste this opportunity by allowing its Foreign Allies to carry out their long term plans that may not be in the interests of Syrians.
Jon | 29/5/2018
The anti-Kurdish forces in Syria (Putin, Assad, Khamenei & Ergdon) are only in it for the oil. They want to redistribute the Philip Conoco (American) operations. Classic socialism, simply stealing.

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