US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces say they have captured Syria’s largest oil field from ISIS, the latest in a series of recent setbacks for the jihadists in the east of the country.
Laila al-Abdullah, a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said that the group had “liberated” the oil field in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, driving ISIS fighters “out of the fields with little damage” on Sunday.
Al-Abdullah said SDF forces were working to expel the militants from a nearby neighborhood where they had taken refuge.
The US coalition confirmed the capture of the oil field to CNN in a statement Monday, adding that ISIS’ oil production had been “reduced from a peak of approximately $50 million per month to currently less than $4 million per month.”
In 2014, ISIS seized control of the al-Omar oil field, the country’s largest and most important oil facility, which once had the capacity to produce 75,000 barrels of oil per day.
The terror group has since lost most of the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq, including its last major urban stronghold of Raqqa last week.
Dozens of ISIS fighters are now holed up in a small pocket of Deir Ezzor, trapped between the US-backed SDF on the eastern side of the Euphrates River and Russian-backed Syrian regime forces on the west.
The SDF declared the “total liberation” of Raqqa on Friday, which for more than three years was the de facto capital of ISIS.
CNN’s Ryan Browne contributed to this article.