US forces continue smuggling Syrian oil to Iraq

TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) – Syrian news sources reported that American forces continue to steal Syria's oil, smuggling it to Iraq.

The US forces brought out a new convoy of tanks loaded with oil from Syrian territory toward the Iraqi territories.

Local sources from al-Yarubiya in Hasaka countryside told SANA reporter that a convoy including 44 US occupation tanks laden with stolen Syrian oil left Hasaka province heading towards  Iraq via the illegitimate al- Mahmoudiyah crossing over the past hours.

The US military has for long stationed its forces and equipment in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of ISIL terrorists.

Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country’s natural resources. Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil wealth.

In infamous comments made in 2019, Trump said, “We’re keeping (Syria’s) oil. We have the oil. The oil is secure. We left troops behind only for the oil.”

Several countries, including Russia and China, have condemned US actions in plundering the Syrian resources and have called on Washington to stop its continued looting of the war-torn country’s natural resources.

SKH/PR

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