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SDF captures Syria’s largest gas field

By Rudaw 23/9/2017
SDF forces in Deir ez-Zor. Photo: YPG Press Office
SDF forces in Deir ez-Zor. Photo: YPG Press Office
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The SDF have claimed the capture of Syria’s largest gas field from ISIS after a two-day siege northwest of Deir ez-Zor. 

Fighters of the Deir ez-Zor Military Council, formed under the umbrella of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), took control of Koniko gas field Saturday morning, the SDF media centre announced. 

The conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday that clashes were ongoing just outside Koniko, with ISIS carrying out counter attacks against the SDF who were trying to take control of the field. 

The Syrian Army and allied militias were reportedly advancing towards the same location and were seeking to cut block SDF advances. 

Abu Khawla, an SDF commander, told Reuters that the Syrian army and its allied militias are within four kilometres of SDF positions. 

Syria’s state-run SANA news reported the Syrian army had gained control of villages on the banks of the Euphrates River, south of Koniko, named for the American company that built it, Conoco. 


James Parker
James Parker | 23/9/2017
This is important. For one thanks to Turkey and the KRG Rojava can't really import anything. So being self sufficient in as many things as possible is a necessity. They already controlled Syria's best farm land and largest natural gas fields, so ideally they could export excess food and natural gas to pay for the imports they need, but they can't. So they need to control major oil Fields. In addition this will force the Assad regime to make concessions to the Rojava. Before the war the Syrian economy was built on the following things. Manufacturing, oil and natural gas exports, agriculture, service industry and commerce. Aleppo was the heart of Syria's manufacturing and it has been completely destroyed. Commerce won't be able to return in any real capacity while there is unrest and international sanctions. The YPG already controlled Syria's best farm land and largest natural gas fields. The survive industry is reliant on the other sectors. That leave oil. Without it the Assad regime wont have a source of revenue to rebuild the other sectors. This will force the Syrian central goverment to make concessions to the YPG and others if they can't secure Syria largest oil fields.
thurgood bardico | 24/9/2017
If true, this is huge. The end game is now being played out in Deir ez-Zor. Who will control the oil and gas fields? SAA vs YPG, USA vs Russia.
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