Amid boiling public resentment over the presence of American occupation forces in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, the US military has moved truckloads of weapons and military equipment from the energy-rich region to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.
Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources in the town of al-Ya'rubiyah, reported that a convoy of 108 vehicles, including 60 tankers, 40 trucks and refrigerators, arrived at al-Waleed border crossing on Monday to cross into the Iraqi territories.
The sources said the military vehicles were coming from Khirbat al-Jeer Airport, which US occupation forces use as a base to support their troops and consolidate their presence in Jazira region.
The development came less than a week after a US military convoy of four armored vehicles was forced to turn around and head back in the directions it came from after locals of the village of Hamou, which lies on the southern outskirts of Qamishli city, and Tal Barisha village intercepted it.
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.
In June 2020, 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.