The Cradle
Rockets hit US military base in northeast Syria
The attack comes just days after US forces smuggled 70 oil tankers out of Syria
By News Desk - May 17 2022
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On 16 May, a series of rockets hit a military facility hosting US occupation forces in Syria’s northeastern governorate of Hasakah.

Anonymous sources told Syria’s state-run news agency SANA that the projectiles landed in the vicinity of the US-controlled oil field.  Casualties and material damages have yet to be confirmed, while no group has taken responsibility for the attack.

Reports say that one of the rockets struck the Al-Jabsa installation, which is used by US forces to manufacture aerial vehicles for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kurdish militant group.

Following the attack, US military drones were deployed to the scene alongside SDF patrols.

The attack came just days after a US convoy consisting of 70 trucks smuggled stolen oil from Hasakah to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Sources said the US convoy consisted of oil tankers and trucks containing refrigerators and ammunition.

The last attack on a US military base in Syria occurred on 7 April, when unknown perpetrators planted explosives near an ammunition holding area and shower facility in the base, known as the Green Village.

US forces are regularly subjected to attacks as well as protests by locals against their illegal presence on Syrian soil.

The presence of US forces in Syria is illegal under international law, as troop deployment in Syria was implemented without the consent of the Syrian government or the UN.

Earlier this year, The Cradle reported that US forces transferred dozens of ISIS detainees, including high-ranking commanders, to Deir Ezzor governorate, which is close to the Iraqi border.

This was reportedly an attempt to ‘revive ISIS’ for the purposes of destabilizing a region that had recently been liberated by the Syrian Arab Army with the help of Russian troops.

Experts believe that US failure to oust the Syrian government via militant proxies as well as direct involvement in the conflict, has led the US government to step up its economic war on the Arab nation by disposing of its revenue sources.