US continues to steal oil from northeastern Syria via Iraq

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A US army vehicle, part of a convoy coming from northern Iraq, drives past an oil pump jack in the outskirts of Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli. (Getty Images)

The United States of America (USA) pursues to plunder oil from Syria’s eastern Al-Jazeera region via Iraqi territories, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Monday.

“A US convoy, comprising 30 tanker trucks laden with looted Syrian oil, has left the war-stricken country and sneaked into neighboring Iraq through the illegal Al-Waleed crossing in the Al-Yaarubiyah area,” SANA reported.

The official news agency added that the U.S. forces, in coalition with the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), control most oil fields in northern and eastern Syria.

A US military vehicle patrols near Syria’s Rumaylan oil fields in the northeastern Hasakeh province. (AFP)

This was said to have been affirmed during a Senate hearing exchange between U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in July.

Graham said Mazloum Abdi, general commander of the SDF, had informed him that a deal had been signed with an American firm to “modernize the oil fields in northeastern Syria.”

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). (Kurdistan24 / Archive)

Abdi had also reportedly asked Pompeo whether the U.S. administration was supportive of it or not.

“We are,” the Pompeo replied, according to Press T.V., “The deal took longer than we had hoped, and now we are in implementation.”

Syria’s United Nations envoy, Bashar Al-Jaafari, said that the American Delta Crescent Energy company had “entered into a contract with the SDF, to steal Syrian oil and deprive Syria and its people of the basic revenues.”

A convoy of U.S. vehicles is seen in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, after stealing oil from northern Syria. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)

The U.S. move comes days after the U.S. military declared plans to strengthen its troops’ deployment in northeastern Syria, despite previous efforts to limit its presence there.

On Friday, Trump informed a White House news conference that “we are out of Syria,” adding that the remaining American forces were there exclusively “guarding the oil.”

Before the 2011 Arab Spring, Syria used to produce around 380,000 barrels of oil per day.

However, during the fight against Daesh, the oppressive Bashar al-Assad government lost control of the oil-producing fields east of the Euphrates River in Dayr al-Zawr Province.

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