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73 US trucks loaded with military, logistic equipment in Syria's Hasakah: SANA

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 20 December 2020 3:34 PM

Another convoy consisting of 73 US Army vehicles loaded 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 reports.

According to SANA, citing local sources, the military convoy, tightly guarded by six vehicles affiliated with the militants of the so-called US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrived in an illegal base operated by US occupation forces inside Khrab al-Jir military airport on Sunday.

The convoy entered the Syrian territories from northern Iraq through the illegal al-Walid border crossing earlier in the day, SANA said, adding that the vehicles came to shore up American forces' illegitimate presence in Syria's al-Jazeera region.

The report stressed that the reinforcements were meant to guarantee the continued stealing of the Syrian oil and underground wealth by the American forces in the region with the help of their allied SDF militant group.

The SDF, which is believed to be pillaging Syria's oil and mineral resources, is an alliance of militant groups operating against Damascus and is in control of areas in northern and eastern Syria, particularly the al-Jazira region of Hasakah province.

During the past several 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 US, in collusion with the SDF, controls most of the oil fields in al-Jazira region of the province.

The US Defense Department, 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 seeks economic interests in controlling the oil fields.

Damascus, which has not authorized the presence of the US military in its territory, says Washington is plundering the country's oil and in early August, it condemned an oil agreement signed between the SDF and an American company.

The Syrian government said at the time the so-called contract was null and void with no legal effect.

Syria produced around 380,000 barrels of oil per day before the conflict erupted in 2011.

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.

New clash among Turkish-backed militants reported in Hasakah

Separately on Sunday, a renewed infighting broke out among militants supported by Turkey in Syria's occupied city of Ras al-Ain in Hasakah, leading to the injury of a number of the mercenaries, SANA reported.

It added that clashes erupted following a dispute on sharing goods that were looted from the properties of the local people.

Turkish-backed militants were deployed to northern Syria last October after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in an alleged attempt to push the Kurdish militants away from border areas.

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