ISIS launches heavy attack on largest oil field and nearby airport in eastern Syria
The Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) sleeper cells carried out their heaviest attack of the year on the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) positions at the Al-Umar Oil Field.
Citing local sources, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that intense clashes took place near the Al-Umar Oil Field and nearby Coalition airport, resulting in several casualties for all parties involved.
The SOHR report said that the Deir Ezzor Military Council branch of the Syrian Democratic Forces suffered four dead and several more injured during the overnight battle.
In addition to the battle at the Al-Umar Oil Field, the U.S.-led Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces carried out a raid on an Islamic State sleeper cell in eastern Deir Ezzor.
The raid resulted in a series of fierce clashes between the Islamic State and U.S.-Coalition forces, ending in the death of one of the terrorist group’s most influential leaders in the area.