U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al Zor province
Saturday 23/September/2017 - 02:03 PM
U.S.-backed forces on Saturday seized a major natural gas field in Syria’s Deir al Zor province from Islamic State militants after days of fighting close to the western bank of the Euphrates River، a group commander said، Reuters reported.
Ahmed Abu Khawla told Reuters that the Conoco gas field was the first of its kind taken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)، an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias، since it began an offensive earlier this month to capture the eastern province.
Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria held elections on Friday، a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country، a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.
As Kurds in neighboring Iraq prepare to vote on secession from Baghdad، Hadiya Yousef told Reuters that Assad’s aim to take back all of Syria could lead to its partition، though Syria’s Kurds insist that independence is not their aim.
The three-phase vote began on Friday is part of a plan mapped out by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies to set up a federal system of government that will shore up the autonomy they have enjoyed in the north since 2011، when Syria’s civil war broke out.