US occupation forces have set up an oil refinery in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, as US military trucks continue to smuggle crude oil from the energy-rich region to Iraqi territory.
Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Sunday that US forces and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have installed the oil refinery in the oilfields of Rmelan town.
The SDF, a US-backed alliance of Kurdish militants operating against Damascus, currently controls areas in northern and eastern Syria.
A source at Directorate of Rmelan fields told SANA that the oil refinery has a capacity to refine 3,000 barrels per day, adding that there will be a large increase in stealing and looting the Syrian oil from the area by American troops and the SDF militants following the installation of the oil refinery.
Meanwhile, local sources have said a US military convoy of 79 vehicles, including tankers carrying stolen Syrian oil, headed to northern Iraq through the illegal al-Waleed border crossing on Saturday evening.
The sources added that four armored vehicles belonging to the US military escorted the convoy,
In recent months, US military convoys laden with stolen Syrian oil have entered the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq after crossing al-Waleed border crossing, as Washington continues to loot energy resources in the war-ravaged country.
However, several villages in Hasakah have in coordination with government forces prevented a number of US military convoys from passing through their communities and have forced them to turn around and head back in the direction they came from.
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 the 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.