Syrian War Report – September 22, 2017: US-backed Forces Push For Syrian Oil

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…from SouthFront

Early on Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in the Damascus International Airport, according to pro-opposition sources and the Israeli media. There are no details about the damage caused by airstrikes. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the Israeli Air Force targeted a part of the airport used for providing supplies to Hezbollah.

At the same time, reports appeared that the Syrian Air Defense Forces downed “hostile aircraft”, most likely an Israeli reconnaissance drone, over the Damascus countryside.

Late on Thursday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the US-led coalition’s airpower and military advisers, seized Tabiyeh and al-Isba oil and gas fields northeast of Deir Ezzor city, according to pro-Kurdish sources.

With this advance, the SDF at least partly blocked an advance of Syrian government forces on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. This and future possible SDF successes in seizing oil and gas infrastructure will directly affect the negotiations between the sides after the defeat of ISIS.

In the city of Raqqah, the SDF, supported by coalition aircraft and artillery, killed 63 ISIS fighters and destroyed 3 VBIEDs as well as further advanced inside the ISIS-held area. Pro-SDF sources claim that the ISIS is on the run and the city will be freed soon.

ISIS fighters in the eastern Hama pocket and the Syrian government have reportedly reached a withdrawal agreement. The agreement will allow ISIS members to withdraw to Idlib or Deir Ezzor provinces, according to different sources. The agreement will allow the Syrian military to free additional forces for operations across Syria. On Wednesday, the Syrian government allowed 1,500 civilians and ISIS family members to withdraw to an area controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib.

Turkey will deploy troops in Syria’s Idlib province under as part of a “de-escalation” agreement reached by Ankara, Tehran and Moscow within the Astana format of talks on the Syrian conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters in an interview.

Meanwhile, reports appeared that Turkey deployed more forces additionally to on the border with Syria’s Idlib province. The reinforcements strengthened a grouping of 80 armoured vehicles and 18 MRAPs that had been deployed earlier.

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  1. Interesting questions onomatopoeia!
    I would like to add another one: Why do Israeli fighter jets bomb a target at Damascus airport and are returning unharmed to the Terrorist state Israel while everybody including Assad, Rouhani and Putin are watching closely? One imagine Iran does a similar offence on stolen Jewish soil?
    These BS excuses of ISrael starting with “Hezbollah …….” before sovereign territory is invaded and targets are destroyed are beyond any sanity.

  2. There is some confusion as to whether the SDF has attacked south to those oil wells from their positions east of Deir or headed east as the SDF itself claims is their objective, could be a bluff. It is not clear if the SAA have made any attempt to move further east from their positions to cut them off. Not a lot of info in that area. This is a map from possibly the best cartographer supporting the SouthFront information https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKV4oMoWsAAdfkj.jpg

    It now looks as if the SAA have crossed the river well north of Deir to cut off a retreat path as they move to eliminate the ISIS pocket west of the river up to Raqqa area.

    There are now photos on Twitter of brand new Russian bridging pontoon systems and crews moving in.

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