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US military brings weapons, equipment to base in Syria’s al-Omar oil field: Report

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 soldier looks on while on patrol by the Suwaydiyah oilfield in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, February 13, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

In a move to deepen its footprint in Syria, the US military has brought a number of trucks transporting logistic support, equipment and weapons to their base in al-Omar oil field in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, a report says.

The trucks reached the base through illegal border crossings with Iraq to boost the illegal presence of US forces in al-Jazira region, Syria’s official SANA news agency on Sunday quoted sources as saying.

Two US helicopters also landed on the Shaddadah base, SANA quoted local sources in Syria’s Hasakah province as saying.

The helicopter took off a short period, transporting 25 US soldiers on board heading east toward the Syrian-Iraqi borders, the sources added.

The Arabic-language Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Anba reported recently that the US was establishing an airport in its base in al-Omar, which is one of the largest bases in the Arab country.

Currently, the Damascus government is extracting oil at only 10 percent of its pre-war capacity.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon claimed on February 8 that the US forces were not protecting oil reserves in Syria, while confirming that an American firm had signed a deal with Kurdish militants to exploit Syrian oil without authorization from Damascus.

The Syrian government has declared that the deal — signed between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militant group and an American oil company named by media sources as Delta Crescent Energy LLC — is null and void, and that the parties involved are plundering Syria’s national resources.

Speaking at a news briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the US military personnel and contractors “are not authorized to provide assistance to any other private company, including its employees or agents seeking to develop oil resources in northeast Syria.”

Kirby also said about 900 US troops were deployed to Syria to 'fight' the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

“It’s important to remember that our mission there remains to enable the enduring defeat of ISIS,” he said, using an alternative acronym for Daesh.

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