The reported capture of the Conoco gas plant by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) suggests the Kurdish-led coalition is now in possession of a valuable asset as it competes with the Syrian army for resources relinquished by the retreating jihadists.
The Conoco processing plant – named after ConocoPhillips, which built and operated it between 2001 and 2005 – was taken over by IS in 2014 as it swept through Deir ez-Zour province. Before the conflict, the plant had a capacity of around 13 million cubic metres...
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