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US occupation forces training Daesh terrorists in northeast Syria to carry out attacks: Report

In this file picture, American soldiers patrol the M4 highway in the town of Tal Tamr in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province on the border with Turkey on January 24, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

US occupation forces are reportedly training a group of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah to carry out various acts of terror, as Washington is seeking to further cement its foothold in the war-ravaged Arab country and plunder its natural resources.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources speaking on condition of anonymity, reported that a number of the terrorists have been trained at the US military base in al-Shaddadi town over the past few days on how to fire rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), shoulder-launched rockets as well as anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles.

The sources added that the Takfiris are set to be transferred within a short period of time to Jazira Region in the eastern Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr and the Syrian desert, northeast of the capital Damascus, to attack positions of Syrian army forces, vital facilities and popular gatherings.

Last month, the US military, supported by allied Kurdish militants of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), transferred a large number of Daesh terrorists from several detention centers in Dayr al-Zawr province to facilities in the neighboring Hasakah province.

Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing local sources, reported at the time that American occupation forces and their allies relocated scores of the extremists to the Industrial Secondary Prison and Ghweiran Prison (also known as al-Hasakah Central Prison).

The sources added that strict security measures were enforced in the southern sector of Hasakah province during the evacuation process.

The sources noted that the transfers took place amid information that Daesh terrorists were planning to storm al-Kam Prison in the town of al-Shaddadi as well as al-Sour Prison on the outskirts of Dayr al-Zawr.

A number of captured Daesh terrorists have already confessed to close cooperation, with US military forces stationed at al-Tanf base in the central Syrian province of Homs on carrying out various acts of terror and sabotage.

During confessions broadcast on Syria’s state-run television network in May 2020, several terrorists revealed that they were instructed by American forces to target Syrian government troops in and around the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tiyas Military Airbase – also known as the T-4 Airbase, the Shaer gas field as well as nearby oil wells.

Syrian army, civilians block US military convoy in Hasakah

Separately, local residents of a village in Syria’s oil-rich province of Hasakah have joined forces with government troops to block a US military convoy attempting to pass through their community.

SANA reported that a US convoy of five armored vehicles was forced to turn around and head back in the direction on Sunday afternoon it came from after locals of Salhia Harb village, backed by Syrian army troops, blocked the road and prevented its movement.

The villagers hurled rocks at the vehicles. No injuries were reported.

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.

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