Apr 20, 2021 05:23 UTC
  • US military brings weapons, equipment to bases in Syria’s Hasakah

The United States has dispatched truckloads of military and logistical equipment to Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah as Washington is seeking to strengthen its foothold in the war-ravaged Arab country and further plunder its natural resources.

Local sources in the village of al-Suwaidiyah, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a convoy of 24 trucks crossed into the Syrian territory on Sunday after passing through al-Waleed border crossing.

The sources added that the convoy headed toward US positions in the Shaddadi district of the province.

American troops and military equipment have been stationed in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon alleging that the troops deployment is meant to protect the oilfields in the area against sporadic Daesh attacks and prevent the energy reserves from falling into the hands of the Takfiri terrorists.

Syrian authorities, however, maintain that the deployment is aimed at looting the country’s resources and hindering its reconstruction.

Back on March 18, Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Bassam Tomeh told state-run and Arabic-language al-Ikhbariyah Syria television news that the oil reserves in the war-stricken Arab country are being looted by the US military and its allied Takfiri terrorist groups.

He highlighted that Washington is in control of 90 percent of crude reserves in oil-rich northeastern Syria.

Former president Donald Trump had openly admitted on several occasions that oil was the main reason which kept US troops in Syria.

The US confirmed its looting of Syrian oil during a Senate hearing exchange between South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in late July last year.

Pompeo confirmed for the first time during his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 30, 2020 that an American oil company would start its activities in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Syrian government strongly condemned the agreement, saying the deal was sealed to plunder the country’s natural resources, including oil and gas, with the support of Trump’s administration.

MG

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