US-backed SDF militant responsible for smuggling Syrian crude oil killed in Dayr al-Zawr: Report
Unidentified armed men have reportedly shot dead a senior militant affiliated with the Kurdish-led and US-sponsored Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who was chiefly responsible for smuggling crude from oilfields in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency, citing local sources, reported that the militant, identified as Khalid Khalif al-Hammadi but better known by the nom de guerre Abu al-Walid, was gunned down in the town of al-Sabha on Thursday afternoon. His two brothers sustained serious gunshot wounds.
The sources added that Hammadi was in charge of Dayr al-Zawr Fuel Authority in the so-called Civil Council of Dayr al-Zawr.
The development took place only a few days after US military used dozens of tanker trucks to smuggle crude oil from Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah to western Iraq.
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), citing local sources, reported that a convoy of 37 tankers left Syria through al-Walid border crossing near al-Ya'rubiyah town on Tuesday evening, and headed towards Iraqi territories.
The looting of Syrian oil by the US terrorists was fist confirmed during a Senate hearing exchange between South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late July.
The Syrian government has denounced in the strongest terms the agreement inked to plunder the country’s natural resources, including Syrian oil and gas.