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US Military Forces smuggle 92 tankers of wheat crops, crude oil from Syria to Iraq


Damascus: Two separate convoys of US military trucks and tankers have carried tons of grain and crude oil from the Northeastern province of Hasakah to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq. The US forces smuggled 92 tankers and trucks of stolen Syrian oil and wheat from northeastern Syria to US bases in neighbouring Iraq, local state media reported.

The oil tankers and wheat trucks were sent to Iraq on Monday through illegal border crossings set up by the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Xinhua news agency reported. After entering Syria in 2014, the US forces, under the pretext of fighting terrorist groups, have established military bases in oil-rich areas in northeastern and eastern Syria, and started the systematic stealing of Syrian oil.

The Syrian Oil Ministry said in August that the US forces were stealing 80% of Syria’s oil production, causing direct and indirect losses of about $107.1 billion to Syria’s oil and gas sectors. The US military has for long stationed its forces and equipment in 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 (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.


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