US-backed forces capture Syria's largest oil field

ANI | Updated: Oct 24, 2017 07:13 IST

New York, [USA] October 24(ANI): Kurdish and Arab powers, supported by the United States, said they have caught Syria's biggest oil field from ISIS, the most recent of the setbacks for the jihadists in the east of the nation.

As stated by CNN, spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Laila al-Abdullah on Sunday said the oil field has been "liberated" by the group in the Syrain territory of Deir Ezzor, driving ISIS contenders "out of the fields with little damage".

She added that the SDF powers were functioning to oust the aggressors from the close neighborhood, where they had taken asylum.

According to the report, the capture of the oil field was confirmed by the US coalition in a statement on Monday, including that ISIS' oil production had been "reduced from a peak of approximately 50 million dollars per month to currently less than four million dollars per month."

ISIS, in 2014, took over the custody of country's largest and most important oil facility, Al-Omar oil field that once had the capacity to produce 75,000 barrels of oil per day.

Since then, the terror group has greater part of the region it once controlled in Syria and Iraq, including its last major urban fortress of Raqqa a week ago.

Many ISIS fighters are presently holed up between the US-supported SDF on the eastern side of the Euphrates River and Russian-supported Syrian administration powers on the west in small pocket of Deir Ezzor.

SDF on Friday declared "total liberation" of Raqqa, which was the de facto capital of ISIS for over three years. (ANI)

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