RAQQA, Syria — Russian forces have taken control of two oil fields in the southwestern countryside of Raqqa following the withdrawal of pro-Iranian militias from the area.
On Saturday, forces from the Russian-backed Fifth Corps, made up of reconciled former rebels, took their control over the Al-Thawra oil field southwest of Raqqa, after the withdrawal of the Fatimiyoun militia of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from the area.
The previous day, Friday, the Fifth Corps took control of the Twainan oil field near the town of Tabqa in the countryside of Raqqa, at the administrative borders of the northeastern desert of Hmoth (Homs).
The production of the Al-Thawra oil field is currently estimated at about 2,000 barrels of oil per day. Prior to the civil war, Al-Thawra was producing roughly 6,000 barrels a day.