Russian Federation to set up new military base in eastern Syria

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2017

"Without any resistance from the IS militants, the SDF units are moving further along left shore of the Euphrates River towards Deir ez-Zor", the defense authority said.

The SDF had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces, it claimed.

The troops of the SDF, a group that receives support from the United States military, twice attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army in the Deir Ezzur province with mortar and rocket fire, according to the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

The convergence of the rival offensives has raised tensions in Deir al-Zor.

Meanwhile, this week, US and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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"SDF militants work to the same objectives as IS terrorists". Russian drones did not detect any clashes between the two groups when SDF fighters approached Deir al-Zor, he said.

Before the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the Conoco field was one of the most important processing plants in the country and was used to supply cooking gas canisters for household use, with a capacity of 13 million cubic meters of natural gas per day, according to The Syria Report, an economic digest.

Earlier this week, Syrian troops crossed into parts of east bank but have concentrated their operations mostly on the west.

Syrian government forces and the USA -backed SDF are in a race to take control of energy resources in Syria located in Deir ez-Zor province, and according to SDF spokesman Nasser Haj Mansour, the militia seized the Conoco gas field Saturday, ripping it away from ISIS fighters, the Associated Press reports.

Russian Federation intervened in support of the Damascus government in September 2015 and has been assisting regime forces in an assault on Deir Ezzor from the west. "Reconstruction of gas fields' infrastructure is possible, but the damages may be assessed only when we are able to visit this places and hold careful examination", Hamid said.

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