12 July 2020 - 17:20
News ID: 450423
A convoy of American military vehicles escorted several trucks filled with crude extracted from oil fields in Syria's Hasakah Province, currently controlled by Kurdish militia and US troops, SANA reported.

Rasa - The the Syrian news agency cites sources in the Syrian town of Al-Yaarubiyah as saying that the convoy consisting of 35 vehicles went through the Al-Yaarubiyah border crossing on the evening of July 10th.

The news of the convoy comes a little over a week after similar reports saying that a US convoy had escorted some 30 trucks full of Syrian oil to Iraq on July 1.

These operations are purportedly part of efforts, announced by US President Donald Trump in October 2019, to "secure" the Syrian oil. Despite promises to withdraw the troops, who were deployed illegally – without the consent of Damascus or a UN mandate, Washington maintained its military presence, solidifying positions in the oil-rich province of Hasakah, controlled by the Kurdish militia.

Damascus and Moscow have accused Washington of stealing Syria's national resources and profiteering from smuggling the crude to nearby countries. They have repeatedly demanded that the US immediately withdraw its troops in accordance with international law. The US claims, however, that it is defending the oil fields from being recaptured by the remnants of the long-defeated Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist organisation and that all profits from the oil go to financing the Kurds.

Democrats in the US House of Representatives have proposed a ban on spending the 2021 defense budget on the establishment by the US military of control over oil facilities in Syria and Iraq, according to the Fiscal Year 2021 Defence Funding Bill.

Tags: Syria Oil Iraq
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