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US occupation forces operating in Syria looted a new batch of oil on 26 October from the country’s Jazira region, local media reported.
According to sources in the eastern countryside of Hasakah governorate, “a convoy of 22 tankers belonging to the American occupation, loaded with stolen Syrian oil and wheat, left Syria through the illegal Al-Waleed crossing in batches towards Iraqi territory.”
Earlier this month, Washington’s troops smuggled 50 tankers loaded with oil from the fields of Jazira region and left Syria through the illegal Mahmoudiyah border crossing towards Iraqi territory.
In just a few short months, the US occupation army has stepped up its oil trafficking operations in Syria, transporting hundreds of tankers loaded with stolen oil from the oil fields under their control with the aid of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Moreover, the occupation army is also responsible for plundering the country’s wheat, exacerbating an acute food crisis. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), 12.4 million Syrians — or close to 70 percent of people in the country today — are food insecure.
The Cradle published an exclusive investigation detailing the process of the smuggling operation by US forces and the use of several illegal border crossings leading to the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
According to the exclusive information, there are usually no less than 70 to 100 tankers transporting Syrian oil during each journey.
In August, the Syrian foreign ministry revealed that Syria’s oil sector has incurred losses of at least $107.1 billion since the US-sponsored war in 2011.
Just two days ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) blocked a US military convoy in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah governorate, forcing them to retreat. This situation has become prevalent as the SAA and local citizens often block the passage of the occupation forces.