“The U.S. military is reported to basically ‘stealing’ Syrian oil every day”, a report by the Russian Satellite News Agency on the 21st described a scene: a convoy of American military vehicles left Syria’s oil-rich Hasakeh province and crossed the Syrian-Iraq border. And the car is full of “stolen” oil.
The report of the Russian Satellite News Agency comes from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on the 20th local time.
The latter quoted local sources as saying that the U.S. military cooperated with the “Syrian Democratic Forces” militia to lay a pipeline to Iraq on the Tigris River in the Semarka region and “continuously steal Syrian oil”.
“The tanker unloads oil into the Semarka area’s oil depot and then retransports it to Iraq through pipelines laid on the Tigris River”, sources revealed that “hundreds of barrels of stolen oil” are transported through these pipelines.
The Russian Satellite News Agency also said that this is not the first time that the United States has been accused of “stealing oil” from Syria.
SANA quoted local sources on the 14th of this month as saying that a convoy of 85 tankers and military vehicles, including at least 16 trucks belonging to the U.S. military, has left Syria’s oil-rich Hasakah governorate and headed for Iraq through the border crossing.
Previously, Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations, also accused Trump of robbing oil from Syria.
On November 13 last year, Trump also reiterated the reason why the U.S. military remained in Syria – oil in front of Turkish President Erdoğan.
We want to keep oil. We have oil. Oil is safe, and we leave troops only for the oil.”