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US-allied forces take Syria’s largest oil field from Islamic State

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US-allied forces have captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are in a race with Russian-backed Syrian government forces to seize parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, said they are in full control of the Al-Omar field.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-government forces have retreated from the area around the oil field after coming under heavy fire from Islamic State militants.

The SDF says government forces are two miles away from the oil fields.

The Islamic State group has lost most of the territory it once held in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

Earlier this month, pro-government forces seized the town of Mayadeen, just across the Euphrates River.

IS captured Al-Omar in 2014, when the group swept across large areas in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

The field was estimated to produce around 9,000 barrels a day, making it a key source of revenue for the extremists. Its current potential is unknown following a series of strikes on IS-held oil facilities by the US-led coalition.

Al-Manar TV, operated by Hezbollah, said the fight for Al-Omar was still under way and denied the SDF’s claim to have captured it. The Lebanese militant group is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

IS has suffered a series of major setbacks in recent months, including the loss of the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists’ self-styled capital, and the Iraqi city of Mosul.

independent



23 Comments on "US-allied forces take Syria’s largest oil field from Islamic State"

  1. Bug on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 7:47 am 

    So I take it very soon we will have a ticker tape parade in NYC?

  2. dissident on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 8:37 am 

    Why all the action just when the SAA is about to reach these fields? Smells of collusion between the US, its proxies and Daesh.

  3. Cloggie on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 10:36 am 

    Remains to be seen how long the Kurds can hold that oilfield. The Kurds are in the retreat in Iraq.

  4. Davy on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 11:32 am 

    All is not well in Euroland

    “It Could Open A Pandora’s Box”: Italy’s 2 Richest Regions Are Voting In Historic Autonomy Referendums”
    http://tinyurl.com/yc4wleq2

    “Voters in Italy’s two wealthiest northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are voting on Sunday in referendums for greater autonomy from Rome, in which a positive outcome could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighboring Spain is cracking down to prevent Catalonia from breaking away. Lombardy, which includes Milan, and Veneto, which houses the tourist powerhouse Venice, are home to around a quarter of Italy’s population and account for 30% of Italy’s economy, the Eurozone’s third largest. Unlike Catalonia, the consultative votes are only the beginning of a process which could over time lead to powers being devolved from Rome. Also unlike Catalonia, which held an independence referendum on Oct. 1 despite it being ruled unconstitutional, the Italian referendums are within the law. Like Catalonia, however, Lombardy and Veneto complain they pay far more in taxes than they receive.”

  5. Hello on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 11:40 am 

    >>>>> Voters in Italy’s two wealthiest northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are voting on Sunday in referendums for greater autonomy from Rome

    I salute the brave people of Lombardy and Veneto in their will to be free from their overlords. Who knows, maybe it will trigger events beyond their border? Maybe it will hasten the demise of the evil EU.

  6. Keith on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 3:58 pm 

    So, is Trump going to plunder the oil like he promised?

  7. Boat on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 4:34 pm 

    Not many like to pay out more than they receive. At the same time, costs can dramatically rise with conflict. The question is how do you eliminate poor people with little opportunity. Blame doesn’t get it done.

  8. Anonymouse1 on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 8:15 pm 

    boatietard, you do realize, the endless nonsense you spew here, sounds coherent to exactly one person, that retard being you, of course. I would also hope you understand, at least on some level, just because your inane comments sound vaguely intelligent and insightful(lol) in your head, does not mean they do to anyone else when you put them to words.

  9. fmr-paultard on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 9:04 pm 

    boat is not a tard, he’s supertard and beyond reproach. i don’t like his antisemitism but he’s not SENTPs. He’s not to be bumpskied

  10. Boat on Sun, 22nd Oct 2017 10:36 pm 

    paultard,

    I worry little about Jews except for the bobbing and mummering, the long curling sideburns and the skull cap that protects nothing. I knew this guy once, we played a few rounds of golf over a couple of years. A good guy to have a few beers with. Years later it turns out he was a Jew. He cheated, no skull cap, long sideburns or looking East with a mummer.

  11. Cloggie on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 1:24 am 

    “I salute the brave people of Lombardy and Veneto in their will to be free from their overlords. Who knows, maybe it will trigger events beyond their border? Maybe it will hasten the demise of the evil EU”

    The opposite will happen, if national states brake apart, this will only strengthen the power of the EU. None of these regions are anti-EU or can afford to be.

  12. Cloggie on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 2:25 am 

    “Maybe it will hasten the demise of the evil EU”

    Well, well, well Hello, what a hatred against this union of white folks. Is it personal? If you look at this wealth per capita list made by Credit Suisse, you see that Switzerland is on top by far (average per capita):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_wealth_per_adult

    Are the Swiss so much more competent than the rest? Nope. It is fully based on their corrupt banking system, that volunteers to act as money laundring machine for all criminals in the world. But lately the EU is in a process of dismantling this scam and that is why Hello hates the EU so much.lol

    Another interest aspect from that link is the US, that is third on the list. But that is because the US is an oligarchy and 8 billionaires have more wealth than 3.6 billion people at the income bottom, which distorts the picture (George Carlin: “it is a big club and you ain’t in it”). If you really want to see the position of an average American, than paradoxically do not look at the average but at the median wealth (click on the column header to sort the data). Then all of a sudden the US is below most Western European countries. Reason: demographics, the US is “more third world” than Europe. Oh and this is a list in $. If the dollar collapses, c.q. stops being a reserve currency, the US median wealth will probably end up below Eastern European countries as well.

  13. Hello on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 6:38 am 

    >>>> Are the Swiss so much more competent than the rest?

    Hey, it’s the Swiss like me who are supplying high tech gadgets for your beloved AMSL to put together like Lego. Of course we’re smarter. 🙂

    But on a more serious note:
    Switzerland is a typical case of what happens when a nation becomes too rich. I have the (unfortunate) luck to be living in the most successful, richest canton of Zug.

    And I tell you right away it’s miserable. Money is the enemy of “Gemütlichkeit”.
    Everything is perfect, everything is regulated to death, the roads are practically gold lined. All the while the last authentic historic farm is torn down to make high-end apartments for the newly imported international business managers.
    And where’s money, the 3rd world imports can’t be far either.

    Many a times I was wishing Switzerland would be less rich, but more culturally intact.

    Yes, when I was a teenager bar diving there were numerous authentic swiss taverns all around where I got drunk with friends. All gone, but we now have every possible etnic food you can ever wish for. Just nothing swiss anymore….

    The megalomaniac EU is the enemy of local culture. Just the same way that Washington practically destroyed any local US culture, so will the EU do the same for europe. It has to go, the faster the better. I hope for the brave people of europe (obviously not the NL) to rise up and leave.

  14. Hello on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 6:58 am 

    >>> Then all of a sudden the US is below most Western European countries

    Clog, I don’t understand. You seem obsessed with money and might. Why is that? Do you truely believe that more money makes you happier? Or being a bigger nation?

  15. Cloggie on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 7:19 am 

    The megalomaniac EU is the enemy of local culture.

    The EU is largely a subsidiary of the US and this globalist UN-system. Our Christian “love thy neighbor” heritage is not very helpful either. Although I understand your anti-EU sentiment, it goes too far to abolish it and return to 30 mostly insignificant nations, that can be easily played out against each other, like happened in 1939.

    And here is some post-Brexit data, clearly showing that abandoning the EU is simply not going to happen:

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/06/15/post-brexit-europeans-more-favorable-toward-eu/

    Even notorious anti-Europe Britain was a very close call (48-52) and it remains to be seen if they really will leave the EU.

    Nevertheless, the political right is growing everywhere in Europe and they are all against globalism and are pro-Russia. The right wants to abolish the EU but not European cooperation. The alternative model for the EU is the Gaullist Europe-of-the-Fatherlands + Fortress Europe (shoot to kill license), something Putin (and AfD) is suggesting as well. I put my cards on that solution: closing down Brussels and Strasbourg, forget about the phrase “ever closer Union”, return to the EC days (rotating Council of Ministers) and limit European cooperation to a fixed set of issues:

    – Euro as international business currency
    – European army (a big one). Purpose: intervention in North-America and later balancing coming #1 super power China
    – Space cooperation, science… all other projects too big for individual countries, like fusion, etc.
    – Keep 2050-fossil free energy policy
    – Abandoning US imposed multicult. Europe is the home of the white race. Period. Let America become a third world country if they have to.
    – Let Russia in and accept it as a major European country, on par with Germany and France. These three should form an inner circle and control nuclear weapons.

    For the rest: European cooperation a la carte. No European constitution.

  16. Cloggie on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 7:22 am 

    Clog, I don’t understand. You seem obsessed with money and might. Why is that? Do you truely believe that more money makes you happier? Or being a bigger nation?

    None of those. European-Americans should understand that they are NOT living in the best country in the world and that they should be more proud of their European heritage, rather than being the servants of a few billionaire oligarchs, who intend to use them as canon fodder to conquer the world for them.

  17. Davy on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 7:30 am 

    “Clog, I don’t understand. You seem obsessed with money and might. Why is that? Do you truely believe that more money makes you happier? Or being a bigger nation?”

    It is an inferiority complex and a self-esteem thing. You attack that which you feel below. He is obsessed with money and military. He is obsessed with the US. The negatives of the US is about 75% of what he talks about and they guy is supposed to be Dutch. You will rarely every hear any self-criticism or Dutch criticism. These kind of people usually have personality issues. Mad Katter is the Asian version. Both live in a fantasy world or greatness and ill will directed to the US in an anti-American extremism.

  18. Davy on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 7:36 am 

    Partial fantasy – Euro as international business currency
    Fantasy – European army (a big one). Purpose: intervention in North-America and later balancing coming #1 super power China
    Insignificant – Space cooperation, science… all other projects too big for individual countries, like fusion, etc.
    Keep dreaming – Keep 2050-fossil free energy policy
    Racist BS – Abandoning US imposed multicult. Europe is the home of the white race. Period. Let America become a third world country if they have to.
    Fantasy – Let Russia in and accept it as a major European country, on par with Germany and France. These three should form an inner circle and control nuclear weapons.
    Sure the rest of Europe will be in your control LOL – For the rest: European cooperation a la carte. No European constitution.

    What a friggen loser

  19. Hello on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 7:51 am 

    >>>> and it remains to be seen if they really will leave the EU.

    The only reason people believe they need to be in the EU is money. Money, money and money again.

    They are all brainwashed and scared that in case they do not accpet the EU they are left behind and economically marginalized.

    Unfortunately also in Switzerland it’s all about money. Luckily this time it was an advantage to be rich. The Swiss would need to pay big money into the EU fond in case they’d join. And for that reason (and only that reason) Switzerland will not join the EU.

    I remind you of the immigration initiative which was on the table a few years back in Switzerland. The idea was to curb mass immigration. But the outcry from business was so loud that many s Swiss was scared of economic consequences in case they don’t let business import all the workes they apparently need. It’s about money. Always is.

    The EU is a money and might thing. It’s about money for business and it’s about might for the wannabe politician kings. Who doesn’t want to rule an empire?

  20. Hello on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 7:55 am 

    >>>> and limit European cooperation to a fixed set of issues:

    Yes. I don’t agree with all your points Clog, but certainly that would be much better choice.

  21. Cloggie on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 9:58 am 

    Here a video from 1966 (German subtitles) showing Egyptian president Abdul Nasser making fun of the idea that women should wear the headscarf:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCzAgkBQrJI

    Now half a century later, secularism is almost over in the ME, apart from Assad-territory, thanks to Vladimir the Great.

    The great American prophet Samuel Huntington was right about what to expect for this anti-progressive, anti-liberal, if not reactionary or even fundamentalist 21st century.

  22. joe on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 10:51 am 

    Sdf? Thats a a made up term, the YPG are a communist kurdish group running amok over what is soon to be Turkish and Syrian land. The YPG are the guys the US managed to get Erdogan to allow to pass through Turkey into Kobane in 2014/15 to save probobly southern Turkey from being overun with wahabbist killers and communist Kurds.
    (Yes communism is still a thing for some people)

  23. Apneaman on Mon, 23rd Oct 2017 11:06 am 

    joe, all terms are “made up” and so are all countries and ism’s and pretty much everything in the human world.

    Thought experiment – after the humans go extinct will Capitalism still exist? How about America, Canada or Russia and their dumb national anthems? How about the IMF, BBC, EIA, IEA and the OPP? No because the humans just made them up, same as their religions and being captured by aliens. Will the air, water and land still be here? Yep, that’s real.

    It’s all bullshit. The trick is to get you to think it’s real. To legitimize it in the malleable brains of the plebs. Whoever does that gets to rule.

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