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US forces bring in new military reinforcements to bases in Syria’s Hasakah

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)
In this file picture, an American military convoy stops near the town of Tal Tamr, northern Syria. (Photo by AP)

American occupation forces have brought in new military reinforcements to their bases in the northeastern province of Hasakah, as Washington pushes ahead with the looting of oil reserves and natural resources in the war-ravaged Arab country.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a convoy of 33 trucks, carrying various types of weapons, military equipment and logistical supplies, as well as chiller lorries and tankers crossed the Waleed border crossing on Monday evening, and headed toward US positions in the oil-rich town of Rumeilan.

The sources added that a US military cargo plane, loaded with heavy weapons systems, also landed at Kharab al-Jeer Airport in the same Syrian province.

Separately, Syrian government troops have intercepted a US military convoy in the country’s Hasakah province as the occupation forces were attempting to pass through a community in the energy-rich region.  

SANA, citing local sources requesting anonymity, reported that Syrian army soldiers blocked the convoy of five armored vehicles as it was trying to enter the village of Qubur al-Gharajneh, which lies north of Tell Tamer town, on Monday.

The American troops were subsequently forced to turn around and go back in the direction they came from. There were no reports of clashes or injuries.

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, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country's rich mineral resources.

Former US president Donald Trump admitted on more than one occasion that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil.

According to data released by the Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources, Syria produced a total of 14.5 million barrels of oil in the first half of the current year, and the daily oil production stood at about 80,300 barrels.

American occupation forces and their allied Takfiris plundered 66,000 barrels of crude oil during the mentioned period.

The data further showed that just about 14,200 barrels were available for the Syrian domestic oil refineries.

Last month, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman denounced the illegal presence of US military forces in Syria, saying Washington’s continued looting of the war-torn country’s energy and mineral resources has only exacerbated the suffering of the Syrian people.

“It is appalling to see the sheer scale of US plundering in Syria, which has been going on as the country tries to emerge from a crisis that has dragged on for over a decade and a grave humanitarian crisis facing its people," Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference in Beijing on August 30.

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