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US military tankers smuggle crude oil from Syria’s Hasakah to northern Iraq: 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)
Mask-clad US soldiers walk during a patrol near an oil production facility in the countryside near al-Malikiyah in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah on October 27, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

The US military has reportedly used dozens of tanker trucks to smuggle crude oil from Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, as Washington continue to loot energy resources in the war-ravaged country.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources in al-Ya'rubiyah town, reported that a convoy of 128 US military trucks, including tankers and flatbed trucks carrying battle tanks and heavy ammunition, left Syria through al-Waleed border crossing on Monday, and headed towards Iraqi territories.

The sources added that eight armored vehicles belonging to the US military escorted the convoy until it arrived at the border crossing.

On December 30 last year, US forces brought in reinforcements from neighboring Iraq into areas in northeastern Syria.

The American forces brought in generators, refrigerators and a number of battle tanks through al-Waleed border crossing between Iraq and Syria, SANA said, adding that 40 military vehicles entered the Syrian territories.

The US military has stationed forces and equipment in eastern and 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, however, says the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s resources.

Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in Syria for its oil.

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

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