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US forces kidnap three civilians in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province

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 Apache attack helicopter flies over a field near the town of Tal Haddad in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, September 15, 2020. (File photo by AFP)

US occupation forces have kidnapped at least three civilians in Syria’s oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr as they continue their criminal and abusive practice against ordinary citizens in the region.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, quoting local sources, reported on Monday that helicopters carried out an airdrop and abducted the citizens in the town of Baghouz, which is located on the eastern countryside of Dayr al-Zawr.

In recent months, Dayr al-Zawr countryside has witnessed popular demonstrations calling for the expulsion of US forces and their mercenaries.

In the meantime, Kurdish-led militants of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have frequently kidnapped young people in Syria’s northeastern provinces apparently for forced recruitment.

Washington has long been providing the SDF with arms and militants, saying they are a key partner in the purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. 

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

US forces have also, until recently, been airlifting Daesh terrorists from one place in Syria to another in order to save them in the face of advancement and territorial gains by Syrian government forces, and prevent revelation of their alliance with the Takfiri extremists.

US sends convoy of weapons to Dayr al-Zawr military base

Separately, US forces reportedly dispatched a convoy carrying weapons and logistics to a military base in Koniko oilfield in Dayr al-Zawr's northeastern countryside.

The American troops are specifically stationed near oil and gas fields, in particular al-Omar oilfield — Syria’s largest — on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, the Conoco gas field and plant as well as the al-Jazrat area in the western countryside of Dayr al-Zawr.

In July 2020, Syria condemned an agreement signed between the SDF and an American oil company, stressing that Damascus considers the contract null and void with no legal effect.

Former US President Donald Trump had openly said on several occasions that the American military presence in Syria was “only for the oil,” contradicting his own officials who had said the remaining forces were there to “fight terrorism.”

The practice of seizing or taking advantage of oil resources in a foreign country, without the consent of the sovereign authority, amounts to a violation of international law.

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