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US military dispatches new reinforcement to bases in NE Syria after rocket attack

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)
In this file picture, US soldiers gather around their military vehicles near Omar oil field in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr on March 23, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The United States has dispatched truckloads of military and logistical equipment to Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, less than a day after rocket fire targeted the largest base run by American occupation forces in eastern Syria.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a convoy of 37 trucks together with eleven trailers crossed the Waleed border crossing on Sunday and headed toward US positions in Tell Hamis town.

The sources added that three armored vehicles of US occupation forces, and as many sport utility vehicles belonging to the US-​sponsored and Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) escorted the convoy since the first moment it entered the Syrian territory.

Earlier in the day, SANA reported that a barrage of rockets had targeted the US base located in the al-Omar oil field in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, sending smoke spiraling up in the sky.

There were no immediate reports about casualties or the extent of damage caused.

The base has been targeted repeatedly by resistance fighters in the region.

On July 7, the same facility was targeted by weapon-laden drones.

The US military has stationed 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 Daesh terrorists. Damascus says the deployment is meant to plunder the country's resources.

Former US president Donald Trump admitted on more than one occasion that American forces were in Syria for its oil.

After failing to oust the Syrian government through proxies and direct involvement in the conflict, the US government has stepped up its economic war on the Arab country.

Last June, the US enacted the so-called Caesar Act that imposed the toughest sanctions ever on Syria with the alleged aim of choking off revenue sources for the government.

The sanctions, however, have crippled the war-torn country’s economy by prohibiting foreign companies from trading with Damascus.

Syria says the real purpose of the measures is to put pressure on Syrians and their livelihoods.

Officials also say the stepped-up smuggling of strategic Syrian resources is the latest inhumane tactic using people's basic needs as a tool to pressure the government.


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