On March 13th, Russian forces took control over the al-Thawra oil facility.
It is located in southwest Raqqa governorate in northeastern Syria.
This didn’t happen by fighting, but rather after the Iran-aligned Liwa Fatemiyoun militia withdrew from the site.
Russian military reinforcements alongside units from the Russian-backed Fifth Armored Division arrived at al-Thawra oil facility which produces around 2,000 bpd, media sources based in Syria’s Euphrates region reported.
The oil facility used to produce around 6,000 bpd before 2010.
This happened after on March 12th, Russia captured the Toueinane gas field in Raqqa’s countryside.
The Touneinane gas field, which was controlled by Iranian proxies and operated by HESCO, it produces about 3 million cubic meters of natural gas per day, 60 tons of domestic gas, and two thousand barrels of gas condensate.
Nine Russian military vehicles and four troop carriers transporting members of the Fifth Armored Division rolled into al-Thawra oil facility after Iran-aligned Fatemiyoun militia withdrew from the site as part of understandings reached with Russian forces, reported Eye of Euphrates, a local Syrian opposition media outlet.
Eye of Euphrates correspondents reported on seven Russian military vehicles and three troop carriers transporting members of the Fifth Armored Division arriving at the Touneinane gas field.
It is unknown if the gas field was also freed as part of an agreement.
This is a significant shift, since Russia is allied to Damascus, prior to that most of Syria’s oil went to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces or various Turkish proxies. Iran’s control was always contested, subject to constant ISIS and other attacks.
Since early January, the Turkish proxies smuggling oil from northeastern Syria have been subject to constant, heavy attacks, and videos of the hellfire are not uncommon. As such, Damascus’ forces and Russian support are moving in to bring some of the revenue back to the Syrian people.
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