US Colludes with ISIL to Stop Syrian Army Advances in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached an agreement with the ISIL to transfer a number of terrorists to oilfields in Northeastern Deir Ezzur for a new round of combat against government troops in the region, a Syrian media outlet reported on Wednesday.
The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that a number of ISIL terrorists have been transferred to the al-Amu oilfield in Northeastern Deir Ezzur 12 km away from the town of al-Mayadeen to slow down the Syrian army advances after striking a deal with the US and the SDF.
In the meantime, al-Alam news website quoted sources as saying that the US has paved the way for the ISIL terrorists to leave the villages of al-Hosseiniyeh and al-Salehiyeh for the al-Amr oilfield.
Field reports said that despite rumors by the US-led coalition, the ISIL terrorists have not been transferred to al-Tabaqa prison in Raqqa or Ein al-Arab (Kobani) in Northern Syria.
The reports said that a large number of former ISIL gunmen have deployed to Hasaka neighborhoods, mainly in Qariwan, with the assistance of the Kurdish units, adding that the former members of the ISIL have been transferred to Hasaka along with civilians from Eastern Deir Ezzur, Mabroukeh camp and al-Sad region in Southern Hasaka.
A tribal leader in Eastern Syria said in late September that hundreds of ISIL militants joined the SDF amid intensifying tension between the Syrian Army troops and the US-backed SDF in Deir Ezzur province.
Sheikh Mohammad Amlah al-Daham, the leader of al-Akidat tribe that is one of the largest tribes in Syria as saying that almost 500 ISIL gunmen that had fled the battlefields joined the SDF in the town of al-Shaddadi in Southern Hasaka amid the Syrian Army troops’ rapid advances in Deir Ezzur.
Al-Daham further said that the SDF in cooperation with Washington were to take control over Syria’s oil and other resources, adding, “We, Syrian tribe-men, do not believe in the SDF and the US as they just want to hoist SDF’s flag in the country.”
Army retakes new areas in Deir Ezzor, kills scores of ISIS terrorists in Hawijit Saqar
18 October، 2017
Deir Ezzor, SANA
Army units, operating in Deir Ezzor, restored control over Islah al-Husseineh and the Paper Factory as they launched a wide-scale military operation to root out the last gatherings of ISIS terrorists in Hawijit Saqar on the eastern rank of Euphrates River.
SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor said that army units established control over Islah al-Husseineh and the Paper Factory and advanced on the eastern rank of Euphrates River towards al-Junina village, adding that army units, backed by air force and artillery, killed a large number of ISIS terrorists after engaging in heavy clashes with them.
The reporter said that army units launched a military operation to retake Hawijit Saqar and achieved a significant advance in the area after killing many terrorists and destroying some of their vehicles.
On the axis of al-Mayadeen, the reporter said that army’s engineering units continued dismantling landmines and IEDs in the areas which were liberated on Tuesday.
Army regains control over al-Husseiniya town in Deir Ezzor countryside
Briefing of the Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria (October 18, 2017)
The Russian Centre for Reconciliation jointly with National Reconciliation Committees continue developing peaceful process in Syria.
Over the last 24 hours, three ceasefire agreements have been signed with representatives of Kafr Mus and Fulayfil (Idlib province) in the de-escalation zone No. 1 as well as Tasnin (Homs province).
Officers of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides had a meeting with leaders of 16 tribes living in Aleppo province. The parties discussed issues of returning to peaceful life.
The Russian Reconciliation Centre and Aleppo province authorities continue returning civilians back to their homes left because of the warfare.
Since September 2017, 137 families (658 persons) have returned to their homes in Tell Rifaat, Kafr Antun, Ahras, Wahshiyya, Khlisa, and Maaret Umm Haush in Aleppo province. Accommodation, domestic and labour conditions are being controlled.
The Russian Federation continues providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.
The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides has held humanitarian action in Hama province. Citizens of Khalidiya received food supplies (rice, flour, sugar), and 600 sets with food products. Total weight of delivered humanitarian cargos reached 2,500 kg.
Convoy of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross with support of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation has delivered humanitarian assistance, including sets with food products, 500 mattresses, 1,500 blankets, baby caring means, water, and sanitary materials, in Kanaker, al-Suwayda province.
In Jayrud, Eastern Qalamoun, public reception office of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides received citizens. Most appeals of citizens were focused on searching for family members as well as returning of relatives back home from camps for internally displaced persons.
Syria War Report – October 18, 2017: Government Forces Cross Euphrates, Push Toward Omar Oil Fields
The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the US-led coalition’s airpower, artillery and special operations forces, established a full control over the city of Raqqah following a series of successful advances in al-Naim and al-Dallah roundabouts, the national hospital, the municipal stadium as well as other points in the city center.
According to pro-SDF sources, up to 40 ISIS members were killed and 37 terrorists surrendered to the SDF in the final day of the operation.
Following the final push in Raqqah, a US Department of State spokesperson announced that the US “will assist and take, essentially, the lead in bringing back the water, electricity and all of that.”
“The United States and our allies have prepared for next steps and will continue to work with partners to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need and support the stabilization efforts in Raqqa and other liberated areas,” Heather Nauert told journalists.
In other words, the US may try to turn the SDF-held area in northeastern Syria into the US-controlled puppet state.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces cleared the western Euphrates bank between Mayadin and Deir Ezzor from ISIS terrorists. Some pro-government sources speculated that the Tiger Forces even crossed the Euphrates and entered Diban and Ruqayb. But these reports still have to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, the SAA continued developing momentum in the area of Deir Ezzor city. The SAA established control over Junaynah and engaged ISIS members in the northern part of the city. The fighting is ongoing.
In the eastern Salamiyah countryside, government forces cleared the entire pocket that had been held by ISIS members. Now, the SAA would be able to re-deploy some units operating in the area to other frontlines, most likely to Deir Ezzor.
Syrian Army Advanced 8km Toward ISIS-held T-2 Station In Deir Ezzor Province
On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah advanced 8km toward the ISIS-held T-2 station in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The source added that the SAA is now only 9km away from the strategic station.
Back on Tuesday, the ISIS-linked Amaq agency reported that ISIS fighters attacked the SAA positions in Wadi al-Wa’r village 10km south of the T-2 station. Amaq said that the SAA withdrew from the village after the attack.
A Syrian pro-government source told South Front that 19 soldiers of the SAA were killed in the ISIS attack on Wadi al-Wa’r. The SAA than withdrew from the village because it is complicated to defend it while ISIS controls the T-2 station, according to the source.
The T-2 station is located 65km west of the last ISIS stronghold in Syria, al-Bukamal city, near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The SAA is likely planning to attack al-Bumakal from the direction of the T-2 station after capturing it.
The SAA military operation towards al-Bukamal is likely coordinated with the upcoming Iraqi Army military operation to capture al-Qa’im city, one of the last ISIS strongholds in Iraq.
Amaq’s photos from the T-2 area: