US allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Deir Ezzor

Russian military helicopter flies over a desert in Deir es Zor province Syria

Russian military helicopter flies over a desert in Deir es Zor province Syria

Al-Ahd added that the long distance between the Russia-run Humeimim airbase and Eastern or Central Syria and the superior capabilities and features of Deir Ezzur airbase are two other reasons for Moscow's decision. While both oppose Islamic State, they are engaged, via proxies, in a race for strategic influence and potential resources in the form of oilfields in eastern Syria's Deir al-Zor province.

He added: "Fire points in those areas will be immediately suppressed with all military means".

On Monday, the SDF warned against any further Syrian army advances on the eastern riverbank, and Russia's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that the waters of the Euphrates had risen as soon as the Syrian army began crossing it, suggesting this could only have happened if upstream dams held by the USA -backed opposition had been opened.

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Moscow warned the United States on Thursday that if US-backed groups in Northeast Syria again attack the positions of the Syrian pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military would use all its force to retaliate. Russia has warned it would retaliate if Russian forces are attacked.

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.

"SDF militants work to the same objectives as IS terrorists".

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"The Central parts of the former ISIS capital, which account for roughly 25 percent of the city, remain under full control of the terrorists", Konashenkov remarked.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. Russian drones did not detect any clashes between the two groups when SDF fighters approached Deir al-Zor, he said.

Syrian troops also crossed to the eastern side of the river on Monday. "Over the next week the city will be liberated completely", Konashenkov said.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the news and said the SDF managed to fully control the gas field of Conoco, the largest in Syria.

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