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US sends truckloads of military, logistic reinforcements to Syria’s oil-rich Hasaka: SANA

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A US military convoy drives on the outskirts of the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, on January 14, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

The United States has dispatched a convoy of trucks carrying arms and logistics supplies to Syria's oil-rich Kurdish-populated province of Hasakah, a local media report says.  

Official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Sunday that the US military brought truckloads of military and logistical equipment in the province through the al-Walid border crossing and were heading towards a US-occupied base in the city of Shaddadi, the oil-rich province.

Al-Walid border crossing, known in Syria as al-Tanf, is one of three official border crossings between Syria and Iraq.

Also on last Thursday, a US convoy of 40 trucks, loaded with military and logistic reinforcement, arrived at the same Syrian region.

The military build-up is reportedly part of Washington’s rivalry with some of its regional allies to maintain control over Syria’s oil reserves and plunder its natural resources.

Since late October 2019, the United States has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by its Kurdish mercenaries in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops there.

On July 30, during his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed for the first time that an American oil company would begin work in areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria.

Syria says the deal is “an affront to national sovereignty” that amounts to “theft.”

The US has long been providing the SDF with arms and militant training, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against the Daesh terrorist group.

Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's scheme to carve out a foothold in Syria.

Such support has also infuriated Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – the backbone of the SDF – as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been engaged in a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.

The presence of US-supported YPG militants in northern and northeastern parts of Syria has prompted Turkey, for its part, to conduct a cross-border offensive into the Arab country to purportedly eliminate the Kurdish militants and occupy a long narrow border area in Syria's north.

Washington and a number of its allies began conducting airstrikes in Syria in September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.


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