Location of the Jafra oil field occupied by the U.S.-backed SDF Kurds near the Syrian government controlled city of Deir Ez Zor in the Euphrates River valley
It is critical that such an event is not allowed to happen and that we do not see another repeat of the western coalition partners response with totally unjustified missile attacks, based on the premise of a similar staged chemical weapons attack.
What is clear is that the risk of such an event remains high given that the Assad government has clearly won the war and the desperation to invoke yet more military action against Syria, to weaken Assad and assist the efforts of these militants, in some desperate last throw of the dice is clearly self-evident. Ironically this should also be obvious to western coalition partners and other nations in the NATO alliance. After all, why would Assad decide to launch a chemical weapons attack when he has essentially won the war and has the vast support of his own people?