On January 10, the US-led coalition deployed fresh reinforcements in al-Omar oil fields and the CONICO gas facility in southeastern and northern Deir Ezzor.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 25 trucks carrying supplies entered northeastern Syria from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region through the Semalka border crossing before heading to US-led coalition bases in Deir Ezzor.
“The trucks, which were escorted by armoured vehicles, were carrying logistical supplies as well as heavy weapons, including artillery and armored vehicles,” the monitoring group said.
Around 500 US troops are still present in northeastern Syria. These troops are supposedly “guarding” key oil fields and countering ISIS.
A day earlier, a 7-year old child was killed when the US-led coalition fired mortars at his house by mistake during live fire drills at the CONICO base. The child’s mother and brother were injured in the incident.
Recently, the northern and southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside saw a series of protests against the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-led coalition main proxy group in northeastern Syria. This coincided with the increase in ISIS attacks.
The deployment of heavy weapons in Deir Ezzor indicates that the US-led coalition is planning to stay in the region for the long term.
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