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