Tuesday 27 October 2020
News ID: 83029
Publish Date: 20 September 2020 - 22:00
DAMASCUS (Dispatches) -- A U.S. convoy, consisting of 30 tanker trucks laden with stolen Syrian oil, has left the war-stricken country and sneaked into neighboring Iraq, official SANA news agency says.
The convoy carried the oil looted from the al-Jazira region in northeastern Hasakah Province to the Iraqi territories through the illegal al-Walid crossing in the al-Yaroubia area, it added.  
The U.S. looting of Syrian oil was fist confirmed during a Senate hearing exchange between South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late July.
Graham said Mazloum Abdi, general commander of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), had informed him that a deal had been signed with an American firm to "modernize the oil fields in northeastern Syria,” and asked Pompeo whether the U.S. administration was supportive of it.
"We are,” the top U.S. diplomat replied. "The deal took a little longer ... than we had hoped, and now we’re in implementation.”
The SDF, a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish militants operating against Damascus, currently controls areas in northern and eastern Syria.
Damascus condemned in the strongest terms the agreement inked to plunder Syria’s natural resources, including Syrian oil and gas, under the sponsorship and support of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jafari said at the time that the Delaware-based Delta Crescent Energy company had "entered into a contract with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, an agent of the U.S. occupation forces in northeastern Syria, with the aim of stealing Syrian oil and depriving the Syrian state and Syrian people of the basic revenues necessary to improve the humanitarian situation, provide for livelihood needs and reconstruction.”
In 2019, Trump expressed interest in making a deal with American energy companies to tap Syrian oil reserves.
He announced that U.S. troops would remain in Syria to "secure” oil reserves and even put up "a hell of a fight” against any force that tried to take them.
On Friday, the U.S. president told a White House news conference that "we are out of Syria,” adding that the remaining American forces were there exclusively "guarding the oil.”
"We are out of Syria other than we kept the oil. I kept the oil. We have troops guarding the oil. Other than that we are out of Syria,” he said.
Syria produced around 380,000 barrels of oil per day before the conflict erupted in 2011.
During the course of the fight against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists, the Damascus government lost control of the most oil producing fields in a stretch east of the Euphrates River in Dayr al-Zawr Province.

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