June 03, 2019

SDF maintains anti-oil smuggling campaign against Syrian government

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist: Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched a campaign this week to prevent smuggling from areas under SDF control in Deir al-Zor to the Syrian regime by way of ferries across the river, sources asserted.

The east bank of the Euphrates river is controlled by the SDF forces while the west bank is controlled by the Syrian government and its allies.

“The campaign was launched to prevent smuggling into the areas of the Assad regime, and is the second campaign in less than a month, but this one was stronger than the previous one,” the news website Deir ez Zor 24 reported on Friday.

Omar Abu Layla, the executive director of Deir ez Zor 24, told Kurdistan 24 that the US-led coalition used helicopters near the village of Shheil.

Read the full article and more in Kurdistan 24.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...