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US forces send 43 military, logistic vehicles to Syria

Another US convoy consisting of 43 vehicles laden with weapons, military equipment, and logistic reinforcement has arrived in Syria’s oil-rich northeastern province of Hasakah from Iraq.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA citing local sources, reported on Sunday that the US convoy from northern Iraq arrived in Syria’s volatile province through the illegal al-Walid border crossing earlier in the day.

It added that the convoy consisted of trucks, refrigerators, tankers carrying caravans and covered military cars, as well as a number of cars belonging to the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Washington-backed militant group.

The SDF, which is believed to be pillaging Syria’s oil and mineral resources, is an alliance of Kurdish militants operating against Damascus and is in control of areas in northern and eastern Syria.

During the past few months, American forces have brought thousands of trucks laden with weapons and military and logistical equipment to Hasakah province through illegal border crossings from northern Iraq.

The convoys are aimed at reinforcing the illegal presence of the US forces in the al-Jazira region of Hasakah and stealing Syria’s oil and underground resources.

The US, in collusion with the SDF, controls most of the oil fields in al-Jazira.

The Pentagon alleges that the move aims to “protect” the fields and facilities from possible attacks by the Daesh terrorist group, but US President Donald Trump has said Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.

Since late October 2019, the US has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.

Damascus, which has not authorized the presence of the US military in its territory, says Washington is plundering the country’s oil. Syria produced around 380,000 barrels of oil per day before the conflict erupted in 2011.

Back in August, Syria strongly condemned an agreement signed between the SDF and an American oil company over the country’s oil, stressing that Damascus considers the contract null and void with no legal effect.

Raids and arrests of Syrian civilians by the militants continue in the SDF-controlled areas in Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr provinces.

The Syrian residents accuse the US-sponsored militants of stealing crude oil and refusing to spend money on service sectors.

Local councils affiliated with the SDF are also under fire for financial corruption.

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