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Government troops block US convoy in northeastern Syria
Syrian forces have blocked US military convoys on several occasions, considering them an illegal occupation force
By News Desk - October 25 2022
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On 24 October, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) blocked the advance of a US military convoy in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah governorate, forcing them to turn tail, state media reported.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a US military column consisting of several armored vehicles was prevented from entering a village on the outskirts of the Qamishli area.

“A checkpoint of the Syrian army intercepted five armored vehicles of the US occupation while passing through the Dmeikha al-Sagheera area, southeast of Qamishli city, in the countryside of Hasakah governorate, forcing them to retreat and leave the area,” sources told SANA.

Such incidents are widespread between the government troops and US forces. The last one was reported on 13 September, when an SAA unit intercepted a US military convoy.

Damascus, which was struck by Israel on the same day, sees the presence of US forces in Syria as illegal under international law, accusing Washington of looting its natural resources, including gas, oil, and wheat.

However, the Pentagon claims that the presence of US troops in Syria is aimed at ‘preventing ISIS’ from taking control of the country’s oil fields.

On 7 October, US occupation forces smuggled 50 tankers loaded with Syrian oil from the fields of the Jazira region and left Syria through the illegal Mahmoudiyah border crossing towards Iraqi territory.

The Cradle published an exclusive investigation detailing 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 70 to 100 tankers transporting Syrian oil during each journey.

Earlier, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed the country’s losses in the oil and gas sectors due to the trafficking campaign by the US occupation, with direct and indirect losses amounting to about 107.1 billion dollars from 2011 to the middle of this year.

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