US base targeted by rocket attack in Syria
The US government claims that its presence in Syria is justified by protecting the country's oil resources from ISIS militants
By News Desk - October 09 2022

US military vehicles at Al-Tanf base in Syria. (Photo credit: TRT World)

An illegal US military base located in the Hasakah governorate in northeastern Syria was targeted by a rocket attack on Saturday night, 8 October.

The US military’s Central Command issued a statement, saying that a 107mm rocket struck the Rumalyn landing zone at around 10 pm local time on Saturday night.

The report claimed that no service personnel was killed, or injured in the attack, and that “additional rockets were found at the launch site.”

As of yet, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack happened after the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the US military of having looted a new batch of Syrian oil from the country’s occupied territory.

According to local sources in the Al-Yarubiyah countryside, “a convoy of 50 tankers belonging to the American occupation, loaded with stolen Syrian oil, left Syria through the illegal Mahmoudiya crossing in batches towards Iraqi territory.”

The ministry declared the presence of US troops in Syria illegal and demanded an end to military support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which help to facilitate the theft of Syrian oil.

In just a few short months, the US army has stepped up its oil looting operations in Syria, transporting hundreds of tankers loaded with stolen Syrian oil from the Rmelan fields of the Jazira region into its bases in Iraq, with the aid of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Pentagon claims its presence in Syria is justified by protecting the country’s oil resources from ISIS militants.

An exclusive investigation by The Cradle details the process of the oil smuggling operation by US forces and the use of several illegal border crossings leading to the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

According to the investigation, there are usually no less than 70 to 100 tankers transporting Syrian oil during each journey.

According to the Syrian Oil Ministry, US forces have stolen more than 80 percent of the country’s daily oil output, amounting to around “66,000 barrels of oil every single day.”

In late August, Damascus reported that its oil and gas sectors have incurred losses of up to $107 billion since 2011, when the US-sponsored war first began.

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