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US forces reportedly smuggled another 79 tankers filled to the brim with stolen Syrian oil



Damascus has spent years accusing Washington and its Syrian Democratic Forces militia allies of siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil and food out of US-occupied northeast Syria and preventing the country from to rebuild after a devastating foreign decade. sponsored conflict.

A convoy of 79 tanker vehicles carrying crude from the Jazira oilfields in northeastern Syria was smuggled out of the country via the illegal al-Mahmoudiya crossing into northern Iraq, reported the Syrian Arab News Agency, citing sources in al-Yaarubiyah countryside of al-Hasakah province.
The reported smuggling activities are the latest since Tuesday, when sources told SANA another 60 tankers entered Iraq carrying stolen Syrian crude.

Two days earlier, the news agency reported that 83 more trucks, including “dozens” of tankers, entered Iraq through al-Mahmoudiya and al-Walid crossings. Syrian authorities classify the border checkpoints as “illegal” because they remain outside the jurisdiction of the internationally recognized government in Damascus.

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The United States has at least 900 troops stationed in Syria, according to the Pentagon. The Biden administration’s formal rationale for keeping the boots on the ground in the war-torn country is to prevent the resurgence of Daesh (ISIS)* – the terrorist group that once administered large swaths of northeast China. Syria and northwestern Iraq.

Syrian officials say Washington’s continued presence in the country is aimed at preventing Damascus from regaining control of oil, natural gas and food resources in its northeastern regions – which once allowed Syria to enjoy modest self-sufficiency in energy and food.

Washington and its allies have also imposed crushing sanctions on the country and threatened nations that do business with Damascus with secondary restrictions. These sanctions have further limited Syria’s access to the resources needed to rebuild after the devastating foreign-backed conflict that began in 2011, and have prevented the country from importing medicine and medical equipment.
A US soldier walks with an AT4 anti-tank weapon during a joint military exercise between US-led Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve coalition forces against the Islamic State (IS) group and members of the Democratic Forces (SDF) in the countryside of the town of al-Malikiya (Derik in Kurdish) in Hasakah province, northeast Syria, September 7, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.09.2022

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* A terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.

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