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US Reportedly Brings Convoy Loaded With Military Equipment, Ammo to Base in Syrian Oil Field

© AFP 2022 / SAFIN HAMEDA US military vehicle, part of a convoy, arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria on October 21, 2019
A US military vehicle, part of a convoy, arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria on October 21, 2019 - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.04.2021
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American forces routinely run military convoys from Iraq to their bases in Syria, where US troops have been deployed illegally for years, despite protests from Damascus and other members of the global community.

A new US convoy, filled with logistical equipment and ammunition, was spotted on 2 April moving towards an American military base inside the Kuniko oil field in the province of Deir Ez-Zor, the news agency SANA reported citing anonymous local sources. It is unclear whether the convoy arrived from Iraq, as is usual with the reported sightings of American convoys in Syria.

The reported delivery of military supplies comes amid the continuing presence of American troops on Syrian soil without either a UN mandate or permission from the authorities in Damascus. The US military is mainly deployed in the oil-rich parts of the Arab country, currently under the control of Kurdish militias allied with Washington.

The White House claims its troops remain in the country, despite vehement protests by Damascus, in order to protect the oil sites from being recaptured by the terrorists. The Syrian government, however, insists that the US in fact is simply stealing the country's natural resources. According to Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Bassam Tomeh, Washington's forces control 90% of the country's oil-producing capacity and by the middle of March 2021 their actions had resulted in $92 billion worth of damages to the Syrian oil sector.

" The Americans and their allies are targeting the Syrian oil wealth and its tankers just like pirates", Tomeh said in an interview on 18 March.
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria.President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ill-defined and ambiguous. But the residents of the area, one of the country's most remote and richest regions, hope the U.S. focus on eastern Syria would bring an economic boon and eliminate what remains of the Islamic State group - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.03.2021
Syrian Minister Reveals What Percentage of Country's Oil is Stolen by US and Its Allies

The US does not deny smuggling the oil out of Syria and selling it, but claims that all profits go to the pockets of Syrians, or to be specific – the Kurdish militia that controls the eastern, oil-rich parts of the country. This explanation satisfied neither Damascus nor other foreign countries, who condemn Washington's actions in Syria, namely Russia.

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