DAMASCUS (Dispatches) –Several rockets have reportedly targeted a military facility housing U.S. occupation troops in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Local sources, who preferred not to be named, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that four successive explosions were heard on Monday evening after the projectiles slammed into base at the U.S.-occupied al-Omar oil field.
The sources added that plumes of thick black smoke could be seen rising from the site.
They noted that a large number of U.S. military aircraft patrolled the skies over the base after the rocket attack. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the assault.
The development came as American troops brought in new military reinforcements to their bases in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, official news agency SANA reported.
U.S. occupation forces on Monday moved military equipment, battle tanks and armored vehicles from their base at the Kharab al-Jir military airport to the town of Rmelan, before transferring them to bases south of the province.
Local sources, requesting anonymity, said militants affiliated with the U.S.-backed and so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) blocked roads in the towns of al-Muabbada and Rmelan, which sit east of Qamishli city, and shuttered shops to secure the passage of U.S. troops.
The U.S. military has stationed forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.
Damascus, however, says the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s resources.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in Syria for its oil.