First Time Rebels Have Seized Control of an Oilfield
Syrian rebels have reported that they have claimed a key oil field in Deir Ezzor, near the Iraqi border. It is the first time that a Syrian rebel factions has captured an oil field.
The report says that about 40 soldiers were left to guard the field and that they were under bombardment from rebel fighters for three days before the rebels claimed it. They say the field was supplying oil for Syrian tanks.
What the rebels are going to do with it remains to be seen, as analysts say it would be next to impossible for the rebels to attempt to export oil abroad, even though a number of Western nations would likely be eager to buy from them.
The capture of the field reflects growing rebel dominance in the northern portions of the nation, as Syrian government forces continue to hold sway over much of the south but are relying on air strikes to stall northern advances.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Amnesty: US-Backed Syrian Kurds Committing War Crimes - October 12th, 2015
- NATO Vows Military Support if Turkey Goes to War with Russia - October 12th, 2015
- Major Taliban Sweep Continues as Forces Near Key Afghan City of Ghazni - October 12th, 2015
- US Airdrops Weapons, Ammunition to North Syrian Rebels - October 12th, 2015
- Syrian al-Qaeda Leader Urges Escalated Attacks on Alawites - October 12th, 2015