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US military boosts forces at Syria oil fields in wake of rocket attacks

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)
File photo of an oil field in Syria

The US military has reportedly deployed reinforcements to the bases its has occupied near the oil fields in Eastern Syria, days after they again came under rocket attacks, local sources said.

"American forces based in Iraq sent military reinforcements consisting of 30 trucks carrying armored vehicles, tanks and bulldozers," the sources disclosed as quoted in a report by Turkey’s Anadolu state news agency on Friday.

According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, further stated that two American helicopters escorted the military reinforcements overhead, along with US-backed Kurdish militants affiliated with the PKK and YPG terrorist groups, the report added.

They further noted that the reinforcements included boxes believed to hold various munitions and rockets.

The military reinforcements, the report added, came from US military bases in Iraq and entered Syria on Thursday, arriving in Al-Hasakah and then transported to Al-Omar oil field in Syria’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr province.

According to the report, nearly 10 rockets targeted US bases last week from the Syrian city of al-Mayadin, where local anti-terror resistance fighters are based.

It further added that US-led forces in the area targeted suspected rocket launch pads near al-Mayadin.

The development also came a day after a military facility housing US occupation forces in al-Omar oil fields in Dayr al-Zawr came under rocket attacks from nearby areas, according to a Sabereen News channel, associated with Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

The latest rocket attack also marked a sharp rise in targeting US-run bases in Syria’s oil-rich eastern regions in recent months.

Last December, local sources also reported that four successive explosions were heard after several rockets targeted the US military base at al-Omar oil field.

The US military has illegally stationed forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oil fields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.

The Syrian government, however, insists the unlawful deployment is intended to plunder the country’s resources.

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

Washington has stepped up its economic war against the Arab country after failing to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with massive assistance from its Western European, NATO and Arab allies, along with their proxy forces, including Daesh and various other terrorist groups.  

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