The US occupation forces in Syria have smuggled a new batch of stolen oil from the war-torn Arab country through Iraq’s illegal crossings as looting of Syrian natural resources continues.
Syria’s official news agency (SANA) said the US forces plundered more Syrian oil on Thursday overnight, taking out 95 tankers loaded with the stolen oil through the illegal al-Walid and al-Mahmudiyah crossings with Iraq.
SANA reporter quoted local sources in al-Yarubiyah countryside as saying that the US occupation forces brought out new quantities of stolen oil from Syrian fields of al-Jazeera and the Eastern region via 65 tankers across the illegal al-Mahmudiyah crossing, and 30 tankers through the illegal al-Walid crossing along borders with Iraq.
US military trucks and tankers frequently carry tons of grain and crude oil from the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq as part of Washington’s systematic smuggling of basic commodities out of Syria.
The US military has for long stationed its 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 the Daesh terrorists.
Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the Arab country’s natural resources.
Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil wealth.
Damascus also complains that the US's thefts of Syrian oil, natural gas and other resources have led to energy shortages and have further deteriorated the economy and people's livelihoods.
According to data released by Syria's Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources, in the first half of 2022, US forces stole more than 80 percent of Syria's oil resources every day.